The Google Tracks app has been around for a while but it doesn’t seem to be one of Google’s best known offerings.
In fact I only happened across it by chance last week and have been giving it a little test run over the last couple of days. I thought it was worth sharing as chances are you haven’t heard of it either?
Google tracks is a tracking application that uses the GPS functionality in your Nexus 4 mobile phone, or in your Nexus 7 / 10 tablet, to keep a record of your journey. It is then able to report back various stats relating to your trip and overlay the route on Google maps.
Google Ecosystem Integration
There are a number of Android tracking apps on the market but if you are a Nexus fan then you are probably heavily invested in the Google world. Tracks therefore makes a good choice as it is tightly integrated with the Google cloud, allowing you to easily share your recorded trips on Drive.
Re-playing your journeys with Google Earth is also a fun neat feature, you can watch as your Nexus zooms through the route you’ve just recorded.
Tracks will record your path, speed, distance, and even elevation while you walk, run, bike, etc.
The app doesn’t have the best interface in the world, and it was frustrating to see it start recording before my Nexus 4 had even locked onto the GPS satellite, but other than those minor gripes Tracks does its job and makes recalling previous expeditions easy.
Google Tracks is actually an open source project which opens it up for various third party integration, for those who are into serious fitness tracking there are even Bluetooth biometric sensors that can be hooked up.