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I think that this post is getting quite hot. Some are very upset but as @Dimitrios-Kanellopoulos says this is the first communication, and I would think that Suunto will try to find the best solution to everybody. Suunto surely knows that these watches without connection is nothing.
If you read my posts you will see clearly which is my opinion on the Suunto App and how should evolve, but I think, as a lot of us, that MC had an end date and we should propose solutions and make clear what we expect instead of being only angry. Besides of posting here we can also send emails to Suunto support explaining what we expect and want.
IMO is good that Suunto has announced this so early, now we can push and let know or requests.
ColdBeer last edited by ColdBeer
@Jennifer-Gothilander Just to studying other points of view (not preventing -still- a full migration) I configured today my SyncMyTracks registered app on my Android phone:
I think that this post is getting quite hot.
Maybe at this time the guys at Suunto are thinking that pressing the “nuke” button was bold… LOL
Let’s see how this evolves.
@jsuarez The best part is they haven’t pressed anything. Just raised the possibility… Oh, the joy of internets! Some 15-20 years ago this would have gone smoothly and quietly. Not a cricket cry! If only Suunto were in time machine business…
@Dimitrios-Kanellopoulos Third party tools for route editing don’t support adding waypoints on routes or editing POIs. Is that something Suunto plans to quietly discontinue with Movescount?
@silentvoyager I think its in the plans waypoint support in routes. This information exists on GPX files afaik.
@Zdeněk-Hruška As an Ambit2 user, this will be impossible after the change, because the routes have to be transferred using the web interface.
The cancelation of the service is exactly what I feared and predicted. Of course I try to stay optimistic that Suunto is going to offer a service at least similar, better at least identical in the important services, better even if improved compared to the current MC.
But - in a way this is what quite a number of members was asking for: a road map or you might even call it a vision. KUDOS!
Nevertheless, as we have all seen, that one year (SA) is a very short time for major improvements concerning the implementation of really new services and features (but not to much time to fix issues/bugs and implement some features mostly by copying them), this seems to be quite a challenge.
Although being a little sceptical, I am most certainly happy to be part and member of this developement (probably a critiquing member, most certainly not a critical )
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That’s a real pity ! I don’t have a compatible phone. Why would you trash a functional website ? I’m greatly disappointed for not being able to fully use my recent watch. I wouldn’t have bought it if I knew it !
Please restore/keep a web interface !
I’ve an original ambit, I supported suunto by paying a lot of money for it not long after they came out. It works fine and does everything I need it to. If I’m forced to replace it because suunto won’t honour their obligations the replacement will NOT be a suunto product.
@MarkG You and me both
@Mike-Green agree with you. If Suunto can’t provide an option to make pre Ambit3 watches running, just partner with someone who can, like openambit project!
I couldn’t care less about online services, right now I only connect my Ambit 2 Sapphire to movescount to import the files to sporttracks, but I want the option to “mess” with watch settings. Just like I wanted years ago: https://www.change.org/p/suunto-suunto-give-customers-a-way-to-fully-use-their-watch-offline
If suunto can’t do that, at least some web based service. As someone said, garmin provided this type of service for older watches…
@NickK If they are working on a web based version, they should tell us now rather than giving us a very thin explanation of what is happening. They should be able to tell how much use the website gets and plan / update us accordingly.
@Tobias-F said in Important news concerning our digital services:
I have iPhone 3, 4, 5 at home
your iphone are still working fine as standalone unit, with today’s announcement Suunto Ambit1/2, T3/4/6 Series, GPS trackpods are not longer working after 2020 because you need movecount.com mandatory to e.g. to add POD’s, adjust your bodymetrics, switch beween recording intervals or alter your sportmodes, so it’s a bit different here, Suunto is rendering these perfectly working devices obsolete by these lunatic change of the software platform without proper backwards compatibility
is that really the truth? Doesn’t your ambit work as a standalone as well and has many of these configs already in the watch available?
@Dimitrios-Kanellopoulos if movescount is stopped how to get out the activities from the watch? If the app itself continues to work, ok, but if it stops it is the end. Also I guess someone who sometime ago spent 500eur on a Ambit 2 sapphire won’t want to be that basic that couldn’t change settings. As someone said previously, this is business, but I guess Suunto forgot who were the people that prefered Suunto, people who valued products that last, that were stable and which can be trusted. Just hope that Suunto offers a solution for pre Ambit 3 watches, or do some partnership with openambit.
My Suunto Ambit 3 peak is a great watch that provides identical functionality to a spartan ultra - possibly better battery life than the spartan.
I purchased it before there was a mobile app - then went through the debacle that was the implementation of a terrible app that didn’t work or sync - for the next 12 months.
Have then dealt with a bunch of sync issues for large files that only third party open source people could fix.
Have then been pushed to this app two months ago despite it being in beta, for it to completely fail and then forced back to movescount because it wasn’t working.
Am now being told that i am being forced back to the suunto app.
Then this press release that gives zero relevant detail as to what is going to happen, and that people with perfectly good old watches will basically have to buy new ones (think of the environment for a second!)
This journey has been terrible! Why wouldn’t suunto just maintain functionality for all watches? and a desktop app.
Without a doubt, the minute my watch or those with Ambit 2 and below are not supported any longer by suunto i will never come back as a customer and will never recommend to anyone again. and will likely do my best to spread this news to the world where i can.
Pretty significant that there are a lot of users who have taken the time to register and post for the first time in this post… Most likely quite indicative of what they are feeling.
And I think that are mostly people who has any knowledge about software and understand what the impact is…
There are a lot of people which doesn’t know what the impact could be and would be pissed off at a later moment.
Suunto is making a very big failure now!
That only way they could people more or less a little bit happy is to announce very soon that the older watches would be supported in any way and that there still will be exist a website for a more detailled overview of the training.
Butt still many people would never buy a Suunto again after today.
That is why corporations need to give full insights to their customers.
If they had at least hinted what plans could materialise in 18 months time, it would have soothed many users. Even some of them would be happy.
But if you are announcing that you will be pulling the plug in 18 months and don’t give additional information, you could have waited 6 more and announced the actual full plans for the outage in 12 months.
In the end these watches are expected to have a long life. If nowadays people are keeping their phone 1 year more in average (which is hurting Samsung and Apple, for instance), why wouldn’t they make the same with their watches. Both the Ambits and the shiny Suunto 9 can provide the same functionality to many people.
@awinkel Do you seriously believe that Suunto people have no clue or sent this announcement just to trigger a few folks? Because I have a riddle for you in that case!
What do you make out of the fact that Apple Watch is spreading, Fitbit is bleeding, Polar seemingly abandoned its activity trackers, yet Garmin is charging obscene amounts of money for its Fenix line while entering traditional Suunto territory with Descent and Instinct? Why Suunto 3 Fitness all of a sudden, exclusive to Suunto app no less? What is in common between S3F and S9 from Suunto and Vantage series from Polar apart from a GPS chipset in some of these units? And if things are so dire for many traditional players, how come Amazfit and COROS of the world are storming into the market?
I feel there’s a method behind all of the madness of recent announcements, but we may not see things play out completely exactly tomorrow.
Honestly … after a long , almost never ending reading, I understand the disappointment but I don’t understand the complaints or those lapidary sentences like “I won’t buy Suunto again”, “I’ll sold all my and my relative’s watches”, “it’s planned obsolescence” “I’ll dump in the trash all those Suunto stickers”.
Isn’t this a bit “overreacting” to a long term plan ?
I’ve never seen so many post in a day … well, in the last whole year
I’m not a Suunto employee
Well, the good news is we’ve got the answers to the questions regarding MovesCount / Suunto App integration roadmap.
The bad news, service cancellation is not exactly a roadmap.
If I were to oversee such a transition, I would at least try to convert as many existing users as possible to the Suunto App, setting up a cloud redirector service for devices lacking Bluetooth support ( M/T/X series, Quest, Ambit/Ambit2 sport watches; GPS Track Pod; and Dxi/DX, Cobra, Helo, Vyper, Zoop series dive computers).
To that end, I would implement the following:
- make sure that full backup of MovesCount data is kept offline, that all user data can be scheduled for export and download on request, in well-documented industry-standard formats (not just .FIT .GPX), and that a compatible subset of this data could be transferred to Suunto App;
- set up a web redirector service for the older Moveslink/Moveslink2/Suuntolink, so that
- workout data and settings from non-Bluetooth LE devices could be transferred to the web service using Suunto App user credentials, and
- satellite almanac on GPS-enabled devices could be updated from the web;
- update SuuntoLink (or the Suunto App) to support USB charging cable MovesLink2 and DM5 protocols;
- update SuuntoAppLink (or the Suunto App) to support wireless MovesLink for MoveStick Mini (ANT+/Suunto ANT) protocol;
- extend the Suunto App to support user interface customization and personal settings of the above devices;
- either make Moveslink/Moveslink2/Suuntolink connect wuth the Suunto App trough the above redirector web service, or update the Suunto App to directly support ANT+ and USB cable connections to old watches.
That said, I have absolutely no trust in Amer Sports to announce any measure similar to the above, save to fully implement it.
These Suunto products will not be compatible with Suunto app due to no mobile connectivity (Bluetooth).
- Ambit, Ambit2, M-series, T-series and Quest Collection watches
- Other dive computers connecting to Movescount via DM5
- Suunto dive computers including D4i, D4i novo, D6i, D6i Novo, D9i, DX, Zoop, Zoop Novo, Vyper, Vyper Novo, Helo2, Vyper2 and Cobra2 will not be compatible with Suunto app due to no mobile connectivity (Bluetooth).
The data transfer does not include:
- Personal information including body metrics
- Suunto Movies
- Groups you belong to
- Events that you are attending
- Training programs
- Suunto Apps for your watch created by the Movescount community
- Device settings
- Your personal information including gender, age, weight and max HR, as well as routes stored on your Suunto watch will be synchronized to Suunto app once you connect your watch with the app. Please note that Suunto app does not display POIs as separate feature or as part of a route.
One more thing. I wouldn’t count on Amer Sports to transfer Movescount.com web interface functionality and data models to SportsTracker.com - I’ve been their customer for 7 years and they never overdeliver on the promises. Thus I see no point in starting feedback threads, voting the polls, or filing support tickets. Believe me, this matter is closed.
I find highly disturbing the planned obsolescence for all Suunto watches released before 2015, only five years before the scheduled 2020 shutdown. They will be essentially bricked on the next day. There will be no means to unload your moves, change advanced settings, or upload the current almanac for GPS-enabled devices.
One may wonder if the management even knows how tight Suunto watches are integrated with MovesCount. I am pretty sure they do. It’s just Ambit3/Traverse and Spartan/9/3 models would encompass the majority of active MovesCount and Suunto App users by that time. For the rest of the customer base, Suunto will be super ‘excited’ to sell them brand new working watches.
So, please accept that fact and move on. Just business, nothing personal. One billion of new Chinese customers are waiting in the line.
@sartoric Many people, me and a few Suunto-owning friends included, consider Suunto to be a premium producer of sports watches. What that means to us is that the hardware and firmware are very considerably better than the competition in terms of longevity, stability and reliability, and this all adds up to ‘a quality product’, one which we can rely on in scenarios where reliability is genuinely important. A necessary part of that ‘high quality’ attribute, however is a comprehensive software interface, ideally across multiple platforms but one which, crucially, includes a web and/or desktop application for maximum ease of use and flexibility. At the moment, Movescount provides that.
In that context, even the newest, Bluetooth enabled devices will not be seen as ‘high quality’ by a significant proportion of potential purchasers simply because ‘high quality’, in the context of mapping and data analysis, is synonymous with web / desktop applications, not with phone apps, no matter how capable and stable those apps may be.
That’s one reason for the angry or dismayed responses, and it’s why plenty of people may choose not to use Suunto devices if there is no non-phone-app interface available. Clearly, there are also those who are, not surprisingly, less than happy at a perfectly functional device being ‘bricked’ too.
So, no, it’s not over-reacting since, for me at least, if Suunto moves to a phone app only scenario I have no other ‘high quality’ option to turn to to meet my requirements, and I know there are plenty of people who’d think in a similar way.
So, no, it’s not over-reacting since, for me at least, if Suunto moves to a phone app only scenario
This is the point “IF” … we don’t know now, so that’s why for me this is “overreacting”.
By the way, I prefer to use a web interface, me too