We know that the New Year can be hectic: You have new goals, new challenges and new resolutions. Now that you’ve had some time to breathe, it’s time to get back in the water. Swim.com will help get you there.
What’s Coming for 2017
Swim.com has a pile of exciting announcements, features and partnerships planned for 2017. There’s something for every user to look forward to!
New Versions of iOS and Android
We have recently released the first update of 2017: Swim.com for iOS version 1.5. This version includes a sneak peak of Workout Prescription; a new piece of functionality which will be developed over the coming months. Now Swim.com users with or without a wearable can get free workout plans and log them as swum.
Updated Android Wear
Android Wear is getting a major update to version 2.0. Unfortunately, that update will take away the Theater Mode functionality, which Swim.com relies on to lock the screen during swims. Not to worry: Swim.com is working on a version that will work without Theater Mode as well as a streamlined UI and updated algorithms.
New Device Partnerships
Device partnerships are extremely exciting for us and even more exciting for swimmers who are looking to purchase a new wearable. Unfortunately, we can’t get too specific about devices that haven’t been released, but we’re confident that swimmers will appreciate the new choices in wearables that offer superior swimming experiences and our advanced Swim.com algorithms. We’re always looking for feedback about the kind of wearables you want to be able to swim with and we love it when you tell your favorite device makers, too!
Design, Performance and Bugfixes
The world has changed a lot since we first released our apps for the web, iOS and Android. We’re refocusing for 2017 to improve the performance in our apps (including the swimming algorithms) as well as giving our apps a fresh new design. As always, we’ll continue to listen closely to feedback from our users to fix bugs and make general improvements to the app.
2016 In Review
2016 was a huge year for Swim.com. We introduced our Apple Watch app, said goodbye to Pebble and released a pile of new features for swimmers to take advantage of. Here a few highlights from our event-filled year:
Swimming comes to the Apple Watch Series 2
Apple made a big splash in September by announcing the waterproof Apple Watch Series 2 with a heavy focus on swimming. Swim.com responded by bringing our expertise in swimming and wearables to the new Apple device. We released Swim.com on the Apple Watch, allowing swimmers to do far more than Apple offered out of the box and creating the most feature-packed wearable solution for swimming. Since the release date, we listened to feedback from our users, fixed bugs and bolstered our features to offer what no other Apple Watch swimming app can:
- Automatic Intervals: because it’s crucial to know when you’re swimming and when you’re resting.
- Drill Mode: so you can record time and distance for your kick and other stroke-specific drills
- Send-off/Pace Mode: alerts you every X seconds so your can hit your goal times.
- Distance Goals: persistently tracked on the watch so you know when you’ve got your yardage in.
- Past Workouts: right on the watch.
Pebble holds a special place in our hearts at Swim.com. Pebble was the first platform we developed a wearable app for. We worked closely with them to bring swimming (one of their most popular use cases) to tens of thousands of swimmers around the world. In the end, Pebble was not able to maintain the cashflow and funding they needed to continue developing their products and Pebble’s assets were sold to Fitbit.