Before last Friday, Google’s My Tracks inhabited a shrinking subset of fitness apps which merely record, not offer insight into, your workout routine. It could use GPS to track runs and walks over a set period of time and upload the results to Google Drive, but that was just about it. With the addition of Google Fit integration, though, My Tracks has become a little more useful, albeit still barebones.
Its menus and screens may harken back to the days of Ice Cream Sandwich, but the new Fit feature works well. Tapping a checkbox in the settings menu is all that’s required to have My Tracks automatically sync your recorded activity to Fit.
That’s about the only change in version 2.0.9. In terms of bells and whistles, My Tracks doesn’t hold a candle to trackers like RunKeeper and Runtastic, but its greatest asset is arguably its simplicity: it records running and walking activity to shareable files, nothing more or less. For some, myself included, that carries appeal.
If you’d like to try out the new functionality for yourself, My Tracks is freely available at Google Play.