image_38Over at the Official Google Mobile Blog, Leif Wilden, a Google software engineer, has blogged the launch of My Tracks. This application is designed for any GPS enabled device running the Android Operating system. Dylan Casey, former Team USPS professional cyclist and reigning US National Time Trial Champion now works for Google marketing, and announced the application earlier today.

Following on from Latitude, My Tracks is another location based service from Google that allows runners, hikers, and cyclists to share their favourite routes (or ‘Tracks’) with friends via Google Maps or other messaging applications for the G1 or Android compatible device. My Tracks will record where and what distance you have traveled, your altitude, speed, and time. Each track you create allows you to add notes, such as your name, how difficult you found the track, and other relevant information.

You can upload your tracks to Google Spreadsheets to create a database of your training, and analyse your performance overtime. It is also possible to send your tracks to Google ‘My Maps’, enabling you to invite friends to view them very easily. Also, by sharing the map through My Maps, users can search for Tracks with your name coupled with the location. Due to the fact My Tracks interfaces seamlessly with many other Android applications, it is also possible to, for example, Twitter your tracks with Tridroid.

My Tracks is a purpose built route tracker and training aid for outdoor activities of all kinds.

James Tromans
Contributing editor of, based in the U.K.