Google open sources My Tracks GPS app for Android
Google has announced that it has released the source code for its My Tracks GPS application for Android powered devices. The My Tracks app allows users to record GPS coordinates and visualise the routes they take when, for example, hiking, running or biking. The app also features several live statistics, such as time, speed, distance and elevation, and data can be exported to other Google services like Google Spreadsheets or Google Maps. The company says that it hopes that open sourcing My Tracks will help to improve the app and attract enthusiasts, developers and third-parties.
In a post on the Google Groups page, My Tracks team member Rodrigo Damazio said that, "you can expect My Tracks to become better than ever with the contributions we hope it will receive from other developers, and also that many applications which work side-by-side with My Tracks will be written - for instance, one could easily build an application for tracking fitness activities, geocaching, aviation, and so on". Damazio added, another goal is to add new translations and to improve and correct existing translations.
More details about My Tracks can be found on the project's features and FAQ pages. The My Tracks application is available to download from the Android Market. My Tracks source code is hosted on Google Code and is released under version 2.0 of the Apache License.