Running TR on a Chromebook?


#1

Anyone tried using the TR app on a Chromebook? Interested to hear what the compatibility is like? I’m assuming the mobile version works?

Many thanks
Mike


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#2

Hey Mike!

Unfortunately, we do not have any compatibility with Chromebooks :pensive: While some people have tried to use the Android version of the app on their Chromebooks, they tend to run into issues getting the wireless protocols to work properly and it is not recommended.

I’'m sorry I don’t have better news for you!


#3

Yeah, this is very much an issue with Chrome OS and not the TR Android app. Chrome OS runs Android apps in a virtualized sandbox, so they don’t have full access to the full gamut of Chrome OS hardware. This can cause an issue with Bluetooth and completely ignores USB input for ANT+ compatibility.

It’s a bummer and something I’d like to see Google address in the future, but I’m sure ANT+ compatibility in Chrome OS isn’t super high on their to-do list since it’s such a niche use.


#4

Crap, I tried for an hour yesterday to use my new HP Chromebook on the trainer. Never could get all the sensors to pair up properly.


#5

I bought a Chromebook and tried a variety of methods to try to get it to connect to my smart trainer and gave up. I bought a copy of Windows 10 and was able to install that on it - warning! only certain hardware can run windows


#6

Yeah man, Chrome OS has a long way to go still. Slowly, but surely it’s coming along, but I know Google has bigger things to worry about than ANT+ and Bluetooth compatibility in Android apps on Chromebooks. :confused:


#7

Ok good news. I got my wife’s Acer R11 chromebook to work with TR and did a two hour ride with it using virtual power.

I have been experimenting with this for a while and it wasn’t until last week that I could get her chromebook to connect consistently with my Tickerx HR monitor.

I tried it out today and connected the chromebook to the HR monitor and my Bontrager Speed/Cadence sensor. I had to turn bluetooth on and off to get them to pair, but once they paired I was able to do my ride. I might have had two drops with the Bontrager sensor but it could have been more fatigue in my legs that caused my cadence to drop in speed as they were late in my ride. Otherwise, everything was perfect.

The only thing I think I did wrong was to start the TR app in laptop mode and switch to tablet mode. That was when I had to turn bluetooth on and off to get it to find the sensors again.

I was so happy getting it connected that I decided to go out and get a Dell 14 2-n-1. I got the HR sensor to connect and am going to try tomorrow with the Bontrager sensor and try it out on a ride. I will update again tomorrow.


#8

I wanted to update my experience for the last week using TR on my Chromebook.

The good news is that once I paired the Bluetooth sensors everything works perfect. I have done three 2 hour rides and two 1 hour rides and had zero drops and everything uploads to the TR website with no problems. I have also used it in tablet and laptop mode with the same results.

Bad news is that the pairing of the sensors to the Chromebook is kind of tedious. Initial pairing is kind of a hassle. I have to turn Bluetooth on and off and then the TR app recognizes the sensors but only reads data from one sensor. I then have to turn Bluetooth on and off again and then the second sensor data is read. Once that is done everything runs perfect.

Then the next time I run the app I have to turn Bluetooth off and on again to get the TR app to pair with the sensors or read the data from the sensors.

The Bluetooth pairing problems may have to do with not closing the app properly when I’m done. I realized today that I just shut the lid and took the chromebook upstairs with me. When I restarted the chromebook, it had a message that said that it wasn’t shutdown properly. Next time, I’m going to shut the app before closing the chromebook and see if that makes a difference.