Running apps for Android phones

Apps that will help you get moving — and keep you moving

Runkeeper

Apps that will help you get moving — and keep you moving

Running, for many of us, is hard work. Maybe it's a motivation thing. Maybe it's physical thing. Whatever. It's exercise, and exercise is a pain.

Apps make it better. As part of Mobile Nations Fitness Month — MobileFit, we're calling it — we're looking at apps that can help you grind through an exercise. Or, actually, apps that will get you up and moving in the first place And that's OK — we could all use some help.

Today we're looking at some of the best running apps for Android. And we've got a few different kids of apps here. Some are more of the hard-core variety, for folks used to exercise and who may be looking to increase and improve the way they do things. Others are more basic — simply tracking steps or basic movement. There's a place for all of these, as one may lead to another.

Runkeeper

Can't go wrong with Runkeeper. It lets you sign in with your Google account, which is always a good thing. You get proper tracking of your workout, the ability to chose from a number of training plans (lose weight, train for a race, just get started, etc.) and has various levels for all sorts of exercises. You get audible notifications (as any app should do), and you can add friends for accountability and fun. The app is nice designed, easy to use and has pro upgrades (through an in-app purchase) that opens up more sharing features. Will connect with a FitBit and ANT+ heart-rate monitors.

Imangi Studios, LLC Temple Run
Mobile Application (Imangi Studios, LLC)
  • Simple swipe and tilt controls that are easy to use and just feel right
  • Level up your character and use crazy powerups
  • Original 3D running mechanic combining turning, jumping, sliding and tilting - the first of its kind!
  • Play as 7 different characters!
  • Incredibly fun, just one more time, endless game play!
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Blizzard Entertainment Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft
Mobile Application (Blizzard Entertainment)
  • JUMP RIGHT IN: Fun introductory missions bring you into the world of Hearthstone s intuitive gameplay.
  • BUILD YOUR DECK: With hundreds of additional cards to win and craft - your collection grows with you.
  • HONE YOUR SKILLS: Play in practice matches against computer-controlled heroes of the Warcraft universe. Thrall, Uther, Gul dan - they re all here!
  • COLLECTION TRAVELS WITH YOU: Your card collection is linked to your Battle.net account - enabling you to switch your play between tablet and desktop with ease.
  • AND FIGHT FOR GLORY: When you re ready, step into the Arena and duel other players for the chance to win awesome prizes!
Halfbrick Studios Pty Ltd Jetpack Joyride
Mobile Application (Halfbrick Studios Pty Ltd)
  • Fly the coolest jetpacks ever with Barry Steakfries in a fun-filled adventure!
  • Avoid lasers, missiles and more as you upgrade your gear and buy new gadgets.
  • Buy Coins in the store to help speed up your progress and purchase the best items.
  • Complete the Daily S.A.M. Challenge 5 days in a row to win exclusive costumes!
  • Awesome mission system that will keep you coming back time and time again!
Norton by Symantec Norton Mobile Security - Kindle Tablet Edition
Mobile Application (Norton by Symantec)
  • Detect and remove viruses and malware before they infect your device
  • Scan downloaded apps and app updates for internet threats
  • Automatically download updates every week for up-to-date protection
  • Protect your personal data from cyber criminals
Electronic Arts Inc. The Simpsons: Tapped Out
Mobile Application (Electronic Arts Inc.)
  • Make Springfield just like you want it.
  • Help Homer find Marge, Bart, Lisa, and the rest of his family and friends! (Ned Flanders, too.)
  • Enjoy exclusive animated scenes sure to please fans of TV s longest-running comedy.
  • Visit your friends Springfields, play pranks, and collect cash.
  • Complete tasks to earn , donuts!
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