My Tracks is one of the lesser-known Google apps on Android. It doesn’t get the same kind of rapid iterations as Gmail or Google Drive, but it has some nice features for tracking one’s trail while running or walking.
It has a very simple setup for starting the journey: just hit the button and then MyTracks will run in the background and gather data about your walk or run. Google’s power in data collection works to your advantage here, as the app can share the information with a variety of third-party services.
While some of the other power features found in other tracking apps may not be here, this does help give it something not found with many of the other competing applications.
My Tracks also syncs with third-party data collectors, such as Zephyr HxM Bluetooth heart rate monitor, the Polar WearLink Bluetooth heart rate monitor, and the ANT+ heart rate and speed distance monitors (these require an ANT+ compatible phone).
For the truly geeky that love the open, hackable nature of Android, My Tracks offers another treat. This app itself is open source; head to the Open Tracks site on Google Code to contribute.
There are, of course, many great other options for those who want to track their runs, walks, or other journeys with an Android or iOS device. MapMyRun, RunKeeper, or RunTastic Pro are among many of the popular applications for this to be found in Google Play or the App Store.