Peloton’s Android app hints at long-rumored rowing machine – TechCrunch

In an APK teardown of the latest version of the Peloton Android app, 9to5Google found evidence that the company is preparing the software to support a rowing machine in the near future. The point of sale found various code snippets that mentioned a device with the code names “Caesar” and “Mazu”. The latter is a reference to a Chinese sea goddess. Like the company’s stationary bike, the rowing machine will appear to include a “scenic rides” feature showcasing waterways from around the world. And if all you want to do is row, that’s an option too.

Another set of snippets indicates the four positions of a correct rowing technique. “This is the drive position of your hub,” explains the app. “Sit upright on the rowing machine with your arms straight and your back straight. Your knees should be just above your ankles. ”As 9to5 delved deeper into the updated software, it also found code suggesting the app is tracking metrics like your average and maximum stroke rate.

Rumor has it that Peloton has been working on a rowing machine for some time. The device is mentioned in a current job advertisement. We asked Peloton for confirmation, but we’re going to capture what we say about all APK teardowns: the fact that code references a new hardware version doesn’t mean a company will continue this work or that it will go to market is imminent.

Publisher’s Note: This post originally appeared on Engadget.

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