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As a cycle enthusiast, I've often used My Tracks to keep track of distance traveled, route, and time spent on each ride. And while we all thought it was a dead project for a long while (it was one of the first Android apps, after all), it received a much-needed facelift back in September of 2012, which brought a new record interface, better widget, and pause/resume functionality. Fast-forward to today, and another small-but-useful update has been pushed to the app.

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Today's update is more about function than form, as it brings improved sync and sharing features:

What's in this version:

- sync with Google Drive
- share via Google Drive
- view tracks shared with me
- import kml files
- add lock screen widget
- send Google feedback

The biggest addition here has to be Drive sync, as it keeps all tracks and other relevant info stored in one place. Otherwise, improved support for shared tracks and the lockscreen widget are always nice additions to have on such a fantastic and long-running app.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, and musician. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6- or 7-string, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • http://k3rnel.net Juan Rodriguez

    I bet "My Tracks" has less users and an super tiny fanbase compared to Google Reader.

    • efan

      maybe they will release a new app that fills the hole left by google reader.

      • jared

        They already did. It's called Google+

        • TheWhiteLotus

          No

      • João de Lourenço

        I'm waiting for a Google Currents update to fill the void.

    • Thomas’

      Sure. But it also causes way less costs.

  • Rui Araújo

    I wonder when this will be "cleaned".

  • Wilfredo Alarcon

    I have learned to love my tracks. When I worked for a company that reimbursed mileage, it was a lifesaver!

    Now I just use to monitor my commute, MPG, etc.

  • Floris

    Why don't they integrate Google Maps Navigation within the lockscreen widgets? It would make a lot of sense, to me at least.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    I was wondering if someone would mention the Reader fiasco here. I was not disappointed.

    • Sven L.

      I hope this will continue as long as it needs to be until they realize it was a mistake. GReader just is the best thing around, but to get on topic, yes My Tracks looks better now, but I still won't use it.

      • Matthew Fry

        Unfortunately, Google doesn't read our comments here.

  • Vish Shah

    Hey, where did you get that wallpaper from? Looks impressive, thanks!

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson
      • Vish Shah

        haha thanks buddy

      • Vish Shah

        One last question lol, how do you set the wallpaper without it stretching even having cropped it to the max, as you guys have in the screen shot, still feels a tad stressed :(

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

          I use Nova Launcher, so I just set it as the wall using the portrait-only setting. Like so:

          • Vish Shah

            Your a star, thanks a bunch, only wish stock was like this, i"ll get Nova going now. Have a great day!

  • JG

    Wow, I'm slipping in my Google fanboy-ism..... When I read it was updated with Drive support... My first thought was that support for roadtrips had been added.... It wasn't until I read the article & saw the pics that cloud storage even popped into my head....

  • Timothy Takemoto

    The "My Tracks" google group appears to be locked (or am I just being stupid?).

    Does this mean that my tracks is going to go?