DescriptionThe Run/Walk Intervals Timer (Timer) is a quick and easy way to enjoy your run/walk interval training while listening to music, enjoying the scenery, enjoying the company of others, and/or recording your run via GPS ... but NOT worrying about keeping track of your intervals. The Timer keeps track of those intervals for you!
After opening the application, set the intervals you want, choose to either run first or walk first and then press Start. The Timer keeps track of the time for each interval, how many intervals you have completed, and the overall time you have spent in the activity.
To set the interval count, insure that the 'Cool down' toggle button is on and click its enabled 'Edit' button. The right-most wheel sets the number of intervals.
When an alarm directs you to transition, the Timer will:
◦Mute any music
◦Vibrate the phone (if selected)
◦Tell you to run, walk or cool down (as appropriate)
◦Return the music back to its original level
◦Vibrate the phone (if selected)
◦Display a note instructing you to run, walk or cool down (as appropriate)
During a phone conversation, the Timer will react to an alarm as if the sound is OFF. The conversation is not interrupted in any way.
You can also use other applications without error while the Timer is running- all audible alarms will be played (sound ON) or notes will be displayed (sound OFF). For example, I use the Timer, Pandora, and My Tracks for testing.
After starting the Timer you can Stop it. Once it is stopped, you are free to either Reset the application back to the default choices or Resume the training values previously setup. Resuming will begin everything exactly where you stopped it at with no loss of information or time.
General application settings are available at Menu | Settings. It contains options for Text-To-Speech, Interval Announcements and the Vibrator.
Specific run event settings are available on the Timer's main page and are selected by clicking on the appropriate edit or toggle button.
◦Select the interval for the associated item
◦The Cool down edit button also allows you to select how many run / walk intervals you want prior to the cool down interval firing
◦Toggle a warm up interval on or off
◦Toggle to run first or walk first (both the Running and Walking toggle buttons function like this)
◦Toggle a cool down interval on or off
Android's Backup Service is available. To use it, open the phone's system Settings, select Privacy, then enable "Back up my data" and "Automatic restore". Your use of Android's Backup Service allows the Timer to copy your persistent application data to Google's remote "cloud" storage, in order to provide a restore point for the application data and settings. If you perform a factory reset or convert to a new Android-powered device, the system automatically restores your backup data when the application is re-installed. This way, you don't need to reproduce your previous data or application settings. This process is completely transparent to you and does not affect the Timer's functionality or your experience in the it. Data backup is not guaranteed to be available on all Android-powered devices, however the Timer is not adversely affected in the event that a device does not provide a backup transport.
The Timer running by itself may not work correctly with a Bluetooth (BT) headset. If a music player is playing through the BT headset while the Timer is running, it works correctly. The reason is that there is a 1 - 2 second delay in the BT radio turning on (in Android) and that delay causes the first word or two of a prompt to not be transmitted to the headset. When run with a music player, the BT radio is already on, thus no delay. Of course the Timer works fine with a wired headset or out of the phone's speakers. I will continue to monitor this and let you know when the issue is fixed in Android.