Google’s open source My Tracks project receives first update in over a year, gets Holo theme overhaul


Google’s My Tracks is a lesser known open source GPS tracking app that integrates directly with Google Maps to provide real-time activity tracking for things like cycling, running, and other outdoor activities. Many thought the project defunct when the app seemingly went dormant on the Play Store while other Google apps such as Maps received frequent updates. Not the service is receiving it’s first refresh in over a year, and it comes with a complete UI overhaul to match the current generation of Android’s Holo theme. Here’s the full changelog:

  • Major UI update
  • Improved flow for sharing a track
  • Improved flow for inserting markers
  • Option to use track location as the default track name
  • Bluetooth and ANT+ sensor bug fixes

My Tracks certainly isn’t the most robust fitness tracking software, but it is definitely getting there with the latest update. Add in the already excellent integration with other Google services like Docs and Fusion Tables for tracking workout data and perhaps there is reason to give the oft-forgtten app another look. Download it now at the link below.

Google Play Link: My Tacks

[Thanks Matthew and Dave!]

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  1. I love this app. I use it all the time to keep track of all the places me/wifey/etc walk in NYC and how many miles we’ve gone.

    One of these days I’m going to take all my local walking tracks and overlay them on a map, so we can boldly go… where we’ve never gone before… and fill in the gaps

  2. I’ve used this app for ages, since G1 days, but it’s the first time it appears under Google Inc. When did that happen, or am I completely out of my mind?

    1. Yeah, I might have gone crazy – just found a Google blog article about it dated Feb’09. Anyways, this is one of the first apps I install after any upgrade/update/ROM-flash.

  3. =D my first newstip turned into an article =D

  4. This is one of my favorite apps. I use it to track my trail rides on my horse. I love Jason’s idea of overlaying them all… I’m gonna have to check into how to do that.

  5. Did the previous version have a way to play your route in Google Earth? I don’t remember that, or it wasn’t as apparent. That feature is very cool. Tracked my drives around town, funny to watch how long you wait in certain sections. I’ll be using this far more frequently now.

    Also has the ability to add to existing maps so you can overlay them all. Again not sure if its new feature or not, but its easier to do now.

    What this needs is an integration into Google Navigation so you can ghost chase (like video games to test your pace) your self to work everyday to see how different the commute times are. Probably would end up in a lot of speeding, but nonetheless, awesome.

  6. One of their best apps that they ignore. Ofline maps please!

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