My Tracks: an Android App by Google for Fitness Tracking

Use My Tracks while you run, bike, hike, or do anything else outdoors, and it will use the GPS sensor in your phone to record the path you took. It will also gather useful statistics such as time, speed, distance, and elevation. You can review all of this data live, or you can save it for use later. While you’re out, you can mark relevant waypoints, and can ask to hear automatic voice announcements about your progress.

With the new year underway, many of us have decided that our new year’s resolution will be to get in better shape.  Let’s lose the 10lbs that we gained over the holidays, or let’s train for that 10k we have been talking about but have always pushed off.  You can setup this app as you want the measurable units to be (miles/kilometers), voice announcements for pace, distance and speed, and you can add markers(displayed on maps) for distance or time intervals.  The default display screen uses footage from Google Maps to track your route and display your current position.  There are 3 display options with the other 2 being a graph display using time, distance, speed and elevation as chart settings.  On third display you will find your total distance, max speed, avg speed, and so on.

My Tracks Features:

– Zephyr Technology Consumer HxM Bluetooth heart rate monitor
– Polar Bluetooth heart rate monitor
– ANT+ heart rate monitors
– SRM power meters, speed, and cadence sensors
– More sensor support coming soon
– My Tracks can share your track data as a GPX, KML, CSV, or TCX file
– Use Google Maps, Google Fusion Tables, or Google Docs to share your fitness tracks
– Go social via Twitter or Facebook apps
– Record in Metric or Imperial units (configured from the Recording menu, under Settings)
– Display your movement in terms of Speed or Pace (configured from the Display menu, under Settings)

Using My Tracks is very simple so lace up the running shoes, grab your Android phone and head out the door.  Start the app, press the Android menu button and you will see an option to “record track.”  It’s that simple.  Then, just start running, walking or biking.  Anything with movement really.  In most other exercise apps, you have to select what type of exercise you are doing.   Whether running, walking, biking or skateboarding.  But if you’re using your GPS, why do you even need to input that? When you reach the end of your workout bring up the menu again and press “stop recording.”  This loads up all of your data for you to see how the workout went.  Check your stats and pace, upload to Google or send the exercise to a friend.

My Tracks App Deep Details:

User Base: 3 million+ users worldwide
File Size: 2.9 MB for Android
Prices: Free
User Ratings: 4.5+ average user rating
Download Links: Android

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1 puzz January 18, 2012 at 3:41 am

…although, don’t believe MyTracks elevation data too much. At least for me, the “elevation noise” is too big (compared to my other GPS-only device).

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