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Google MyTracks links mobile to exercise routine

Android app records exercise for sharing online

MyTracks logo

Google has released the MyTracks application for Android phones, which allows exercise enthusiasts to track their performance using their mobile phone.

Users of Android phones such as the T-Mobile G1 can download the MyTracks application and then ‘record’ their exercise session to the mobile handset.

While you’re exercising, the Android phone displays the distance covered, time taken, speed and elevation using the GPS function built into the Android phone. When you’ve finished, tell the MyTracks application what exercise activity you’ve been doing, such as running, hiking or biking, and then add notes such as weather conditions and local conditions.

MyTracks links to GoogleDocs and Twitter

Of course, no application would be complete without an element of social networking, and no Google application is separate from other Google products. In this instance, the MyTracks application can upload exercise data to Google Spreadsheets so you can analyse your performance, or you can send to Google Maps. If you choose to share your MyTracks data, other like-minded people can view maps of your route when searching a local area on Google Maps.

MyTracks also synchronises with Twitter using the Twidroid application for Android mobile phones.

Which? technology expert Al Warman said: ‘if you have an Android phone and are in the habit of carrying your mobile with you while out jogging then this is a great way to keep motivated and track your fitness.’

If you’re considering buying an T-Mobile G1 handset, check out our mobile phone reviews. Our satnav reviews have models designed for in-car and on-bike use. 

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