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GPS apps that let you know where you’ve been

Cyclist Chris Phipps made creative use of GPS to show his support for the San Francisco Giants.

(Credit: Strava user Chris Phipps)

When most of us think about GPS apps for smartphones, we’re thinking about navigation apps that help you to get wherever you happen to be going. However, there’s a whole range of GPS logger apps that are designed to keep track of where you’ve been.

Tracking your historic position, movement, speed, and elevation is very useful for fitness, as evidenced by the selection of fitness apps below, but it can also be fun. For example, after exporting the .GPX data from a GPS logger app, it can be imported into Google Earth or similar software to create a 3D flyby or, as is the case in the image above, 2D virtual artwork on a massive scale.


(Credit: Google)

My Tracks (Android) Fire up My Tracks on your GPS-enabled Android device and it will silently record your GPS position and elevation. Your live trip can be viewed on a Google Map and saved for playback later. My Tracks has the ability to export popular GPS data formats (such as GPX or CSV) for import and playback in mapping software, such as Google Earth or many of the fit… [Read more]


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