New lighter look is designed to make the app easier to use in daylight

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Next time you fire up Strava on your phone you might be in for a bit of a surprise as the app as received a pretty major update that sees it ditch the black and orange design for a much whiter and more minimalist look.

Looking much more like the desktop site than it used to, the design of the app has been changed to make it feel more like native iPhone app, transitioning from “an interface and buttons that mimic real-world objects – to a sleek digital look”. Strava also says that the lighter look will make the app easier to see in bright sunlight for those using their phones to record their activities.

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The 5.0.0 update was rolled out yesterday evening to mixed reaction on Twitter, with some complaining that the new look was harder to read and asking for the return of the dark mode, which would be easier to read when riding at night and could use less battery life.

However others were on hand to give compliments for the new design, while still offering advice on where Strava should look to go with any future updates.

This is the second major update in just a few weeks from Strava, after the new Beacon feature was added, giving riders the option to share their locations with emergency contacts.