Nokia Lumia exclusive Adidas miCoach launches on Windows Phone 8
There's already an aray of apps available on Windows Phone to help out with your fitness, but now Adidas is entering the game with its Nokia exclusive miCoach. Launching today, miCoach is an interactive personal training solution that will aid you in keeping fit, while being able to synchronise with Adidas services (micoach.adidas.com) and take advantage of Windows Phone features.
There are numerous features included, as well as some unique additions not found on other platforms. So let's jump straight in and see what all the fuss is about.
When first firing up the app, you'll be prompted to complete a short personal assessment where the app will start you off on a light path before pushing yourself relatively hard. This will then calculate all the magic behind the scenes and you're good to go once finished.
There are a nimber of free workouts available, including: running, cycling, walking, and even cross-country skiing. Certain workouts may require additional equipment to get cracking, so be sure to check everything out before you begin. At the end of each workout, miCoach will display some detailed results that can be saved for later reference (or shared via social networks).
Enjoy heading out on a daily basis with new routes to mix it up? HERE Maps makes it easy for you to follow and see your workout route from start to finish. The app also sports a "GPS Off" mode to guide you through the workout. As with many fitness apps on the store, it's simple enough to get cracking without spending hours wrapped up in menus.
So what about these "Lumia bonuses"? When using the app on your Lumia Windows Phone, special voice packs will be unlocked from leading professional athletes who work with Adidas. Ever felt like having Detroit Lions football player Reggie Bush shouting words of support and encouragement while you work out? Now you can live that fantasy.
That's not all as Nokia Music integration is present, so you can rock out while working out with a personal mix to suit the current exercise. Adidas has also bundled some music mixes into the app, so fear not if you've not used Nokia's Music solution before. Oh, did we mention there are achievements involed? Go out and earn the "Most Calories Burned" to really build up that ego.
When not in the app, Live Tiles can be pinned to the Start screen to display information, including workout objectives and overall progress. Lockscreen integration is also included, just in case you'd like to view workout details at a glance, as well as what music is currently playing. Keeping track of your progress on the miCoach website is handy, especially with the Calendar support for Windows Phone to stay on top of scheduled workouts.
Finally, there's the Bluetooth connectivity for heart rate monitors from Adidas (supports Lumia 520/620/720). Agreed, there's a lot to take in. It's a seriously good looking app that's bursting at the seams with features and functionality. While it's good to see an official app from Adidas, it's even better to see such a well produced solution.
You can download Adidas miCoach from the Nokia Collection on the Windows Phone Store for free (Windows Phone 8 only). It's worth noting that you'll need an Adidas account, which can be set up through the app.
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EDIT: No tricks used to get it either.
I have checked screenshots of android and iOS versions of this app. They pale in front of WP8 version.
Also, this app is leaked with Nokia tablet long back. May be its coming to Windows 8/RT also.
belay that! was able to start the app and enter sign-up info but unable to go further.
"Oh hang on, same here got the ooops something went wrong" message on the screen!
Please fix this!
Just need Strava now and I'll be happy!
by the way, i'm using HTC 8X
I would even be happy with FitBit. Really want to use a Fitness Tracker....
2. Secondly, it won't let me install a voice to use with the app. After making up an account, I have the option of selecting which type of voice I would like. It doesn't matter what I click on, all of them get the same error message "Oops, looks like there's a problem" etc. I'm using an HTC 8X. Anyone have any solutions? I'd be greatly appreciative if you could help me out!
I went to their website and logged in. My account is fully there and setup, but I can't complete the setup on my phone.
I guess I'll keep this around for a little while to see if it magically works tomorrow before deleting this. Very sad.
thanks for the heads up.
Due to the recent high number of connections to the new miCoach mobile app for Windows 8 phones, our system is currently facing some problems.
In order to keep the system stable, we have temporarily disable the syncing process for all Windows 8 phones. We're working to stabilize the situation as we speak. Bear with us during this time and if you already have a workout on your app, save it to sync it later. We'll keep you informed.
Your miCoach Team
Due to the recent high number of connections to the new miCoach mobile app for Windows 8 phones, our system is facing an unexpected outage.
In order to keep the system stable, we have temporarily disabled syncing for all Windows 8 phones.
We are working with high priority to get the servers up and running for Windows Phone 8 again. Until then, the app has been “unpublished” from the Windows Phone Store to overcome the fact of getting more users with even more interaction.
Please, bear with us during this time and if you already have a workout on your app, save it to sync it later.
We'll keep you informed. Thanks for your cooperation.
The team here at miCoach has been working hard to bring you the miCoach mobile app for Windows Phone 8. We’re all very excited that so many of you downloaded the app and liked it. It’s great to read all of your positive comments. The app has been perceived so well that the number of app downloads outperformed everyone’s expectations and our server platform experienced an unmanageable peak load.
We unpublished the app to manage the server performance and prevent you from having an unsatisfying experience during your weekend run.
However, your excitement has fueled us in targeting a fast solution. We’ve already increased our capacity and made some key tweaks to ensure system stability when we roll out an update to the app within the next days. After this you should be able to upload your workouts to micoach.com again.
Again, we’re pleased to see the huge positive response from all of you Windows Phone 8 miCoachers and we thank you for your patience. As always, we’ll keep you updated here and on our social channels. So stay tuned.
Your miCoach Team