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