Record your training routes with the My Tracks Android App

Thursday, February 12, 2009 | 9:18 AM

Just a week ago we announced Google Latitude, a new feature of Google Maps for mobile that lets you see your friends' locations. Today Dylan Casey, a former professional cyclist, announced another location-based service from Google. My Tracks is a new Android application that makes it easy to record your routes when cycling, running, hiking, or doing pretty much any outdoor activity.

Take a look at Dylan's post for some of the product details, and watch this demo:


Because the Android operating system supports background processes, you can run the My Tracks app while using other applications on your phone.

My Tracks also integrates with other Android applications to make it easy to share your routes. When you select "Share with friends," Android will allow you to share your track through other Android applications that can send messages. By default this is the Gmail application, but if you have installed other applications that can send messages, there will be more options. To demonstrate this we worked with the Twidroid team. It is now just as easy to tweet your tracks as it is to email them. Simply install the latest version of Twidroid available from Android market. Next time you share a track recorded with My Tracks, you can also tweet a link to your tracks!

To download My Tracks to your G1, go to Android Market and search for "My Tracks." And don't forget to check out the My Tracks website.

Posted by Leif Hendrik Wilden, Software Engineer

13 comments:

Juergen said...

pls ignore my ignorance if this is off - can this be used to geo-tag digital pictures taken (either w/ Android cam, or - better - w/ independent cam) where clocks have been sync'd?
I'm looking to get a image tracking device (like the i-gotU GT-100), and it would be just so cool it the G1 could substitute.....

am I smoking the wrong stuff?
-Juergen

Vitriolix said...

This looks very cool, I'll definitely try it out on my next ride.

Juergen--- the camera in the G1 already supports geo tagging your photos when you take them.

avidreader said...

This application soulds lot like Nokia Sports tracker.

Mike1727 said...

Like sports tracker but it uses google maps, so it's better ;+)

Another g1 wish list app delivered, thanks Googlers.

Lucleonhart said...

Any chance to get this wonderful app for WinMo?! *pleaseplease* :)

miika.ahonen said...

"wait for a few minutes when GPS is established"??? Few minutes?? Should be more like few seconds - like with Nokia devices and Nokia Sports Tracker.

Cool thing but Nokia has had this for ages and much more...

Tim said...

Mike1727 - Nokia Sports Tracker also uses Google Maps. Just not on the phone itself ;) (yet, although why gobble data charges just to display a map whilst doing tracking on the phone? If you need to see where you are, you've got Google Maps or Nokia Maps, the latter of which also doesn't consume data charges if preloaded maps).

It has a social networking web site to gather everyone's activities which integrates Google Maps, and like the Android clone, the phone (and website) can export to maps, earth, etc.

p.s. can you attach media files from your phone on My Tracks? Can't see that mentioned so not sure.

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nirbs said...

What about windowsmobile?

peachtreegaming said...

True, Nokia Sports Tracker does integrate parts of Google Maps but Google Maps integrates parts of Nokia (Nokia acquired Navteq which is one of the few primary data distributors).

Google Track has a steep hill to climb. Nokia Sports Tracker was named Best Mobile Internet Service at this years (2009) Mobile World Congress.

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