Record Outdoor Activities with Google's My Tracks App
Article by George Norman
On 16 Jan 2013
If you’re into running, hiking, biking, and other outdoor activities, you may want to check out the free, Google-developed Android app My Tracks.

My Tracks is an interesting app offered by Google to Android users for free. Go running, biking, or hiking and this app will record your speed, the distance you travel, your elevation, and the route you follow. To do so, the app uses the GPS sensor in your Android-powered device. The information collected by the app can be viewed in real-time (view live statistics by taking a look at your device’s screen), can be annotated, and it can be shared with others.

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My Tracks Main Features
  • Uses the GPS to record the path, speed, distance, and elevation.
  • Check out live statistics as you walk, run, bike, or do anything else outdoors.
  • Her voice announcements at regular intervals; these announcements inform you of your progress.
  • Annotate and share the info collected by the app. You can share your tracks and stats via Facebook, Twitter, Google+.
  • You can export your tracks and stats.
  • The app has the capability to sync with 3rd party biometric sensors: Zephyr HxM Bluetooth heart rate monitor, Polar WearLink Bluetooth heart rate monitor, ANT+ heart rate and speed distance monitors.

If you want to put Google’s My Tracks app to the test, you can get it for free from the Play Store here.

My Tracks is an open source project. You can learn more about it here.

In related news, Google recently rolled out the Beta channel for Android. By getting Chrome Beta for Android you can preview the latest features the Beta has to offer, and give early feedback that will help make Chrome Beta a better browser. Chrome Beta is available for download from Google’s Play Store here. Click the link, because you will not find Chrome Beta via the Play Store’s search function.




Tags: Google, Android, GPS, My Tracks, sports, outdoor, running, hiking, biking, Chrome, Beta, browser
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