The openness of Google’s My Tracks strikes me as a clear differentiator. This new tool allows you to track your outdoor activities with the GPS capabilities of a Google Android-powered phone, and to use the track for live statistics or to share with others via Google’s free Map and Docs programs. There have been previous services in this space, but all with some cumbersome and time consuming steps to download GPS data, and upload and build maps in a piece of software. This new app makes tracking and mapping a seamless activity, without any subscription costs.
Living in Colorado, I particularly like the program’s ability to track speed and elevation. This will come in handy for skiing and mountain biking. The emphasis here is on training, with the spreadsheet function allowing you to see your training progress over time. I’m guessing that a number of interesting sharing sites will develop in order to create communities of like-minded athletes.