Tuesday, February 17

Interested in free GPS tracking & mapping?

If you happen to be attracted to the confluence of a mobile phone, on screen mapping & GPS tracking all rolled up into into one small package - then read on dear reader.

Google have recently rolled out their My Tracks package for Android powered mobile phones.

To quote the web page:
"My Tracks is an application ....... that enables you to record GPS tracks and view live statistics – such as time, speed, distance, and elevation – while hiking, biking, running or participating in other outdoor activities. Once recorded, you can share your tracks, upload them to Google Spreadsheets and visualize them on Google My Maps"

More detail can be found on the Google Blog.

Main advantage - its FREE.

Main disadvantage - the current range of phones is limited at present

(I'll ignore the reference to tie in with Twitter - I'm not sure which side of the credit/debit column to tick for that particular "feature")

I'm pretty certain that those techno-freaks amongst you reading this might find this attractive. If so why not drop me a line to let me know how you get on with it out their in the real world?


I'd need to get an Android phone, which I could if I hadn't promised Nath his own phone.
Currently playing with two high end GPS units, GPS on my iphone and my old Geko 301. So a nice little group test being worked on.
But shocked all this kit talk from you lately ^__^
The idea is not to bad but being only available for one (two in the near future) is simply not enough choice. Other things keeping in mind:
- how sensitive is the GPS receiver? He should at least be the equivalent of a SirFstar III, otherwise it will be tough recording under difficult conditions (wood, canyons etc.)
- do you have enough storage for recording? Collecting precise data over a longer period of time requires sufficient storage
- how long will the battery last? Can you use the track program only or does GSM/UMTS needs to be working in parallel, too?
- how much can you manipulate the data recording? Frequency, speed dependance, ankle dependence, WAAS, EGNOS etc.

Bet we gonna see similar programs (if not already existing) for the iPhone, Symbian,Windows Mobile and other platforms as he current big theme seems to be software stores for your mobile platform but the topics above remain.
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