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After 6 months of testing, 700+ users and 3,000+ sessions across 67 countries, Track Attack for Android, the best GPS lap timer for motorsports is out of Beta and available for full purchase.  Thank you all for your support and feedback!

Track Attack App GPS Lap Timer Users WorldwideWhat’s Changed?

  1. It’s still easy to get started: We believe Track Attack is the best end to end app and service for motorsport enthusiasts.  Doesn’t matter if you do auto-cross, oval racing, rally stages, drag racing, road racing or even old-school Tokyo Extreme Racing on the highways, Track Attack has you covered!  Track Attack is free to download and you can record up to 3 sessions for each session type.  For these free sessions, the full functionality of Track Attack is available.  Lap timing, recording video, registering an account and even uploading to the Track Attack site for online video sharing.  There’s no reason to try it out!
  2. In-App Upgrades: Once you download Track Attack for free, you can upgrade to one of the two SKU’s:
    1. Track Attack Lap Timer – $4.99: For those who just care about getting accurate GPS lap times and building a driver record, this is it!  For $4.99USD, you are ready to go.  Note, at any time you can upgrade from Lap Timer to Pro by simply paying the difference.
    2. Track Attack Pro – $14.99: Everything!  GPS lap timer, video uploading and sharing.  Nearly unlimited storage on the Track Attack website and receive all full featured updates!
  3. Awesome new features: Based on all the feedback received, we’ve squashed bugs and added some really cool features to make Track Attack the best thing on your phone and easy to use.
    1. Session History Sync: When you sign in to your account, every session associated with your account synchronizes with your phone.  Go ahead, change phones, lose phones, sell phones!  As long as your session data and video are uploaded, you’ll never lose them!
    2. Cache Tracks: Just like on iOS – now you can use Track Attack anywhere, anytime with or without a data connection.  Simply go to Settings > Cache Tracks and hit the download button (circle with downward arrow) and you will have every Track on the Track Attack database available on your phone!
    3. Auto-Start: This was one of the most demanded features.  Now you can enable this feature in Settings and select a speed in which you want the app to start recording and detecting tracks for time calculations.  This works for lap-based sessions and point to point based sessions.  Simply select your race track and once the app detects you go over the set speed, recording will begin automatically.  Then hit ‘Stop’ whenever you pull off the race track!

What’s next?

Get the update, upgrade and tell your friends!  Get it here on Google Play for your Android device: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.studios9104.trackattack&hl=en

We’ll be working on fixing bugs and getting ready for the some cool features for the 2014 race season!

 It’s been an awesome but too short of a summer for us at Track Attack and the final Beta of Track Attack for Android is now available.  We want to thank the 500+ users in 57 countries that created almost 1,500 sessions over the past 3 months.  Your usage, trials, errors and feedback have been great and helped us get to the final Beta, before the official production releases.

What’s New?

  1. Facebook Log In – now you can easily create an account or re-log in using your Facebook credentials.  You still have to create a driver tag but you can use your normal Facebook credentials to log in or not worry about it at all if you have the official Facebook app installed on your Android device.
  2. Facebook Posts – You can create posts after each session directly from the phone!  A post is created which is seen by your friends and when they click on the link, they are able to see the session details (race track you were on, # of laps, fastest lap and video if the video is already uploaded). Track Attack Facebook Posts
  3. Share the Session URL – Each session you create generates a unique URL that can take people to just that session to view the times and the video (if uploaded).  Now, using the Android social button, you can share that unique URL via any of the social platforms you use!
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  4. Universal Log In – log in from any phone, anywhere in the world at any time and all your session history shows up on the phone!  This means you have close to unlimited storage on our site for sessions and video.  Lose your phone or get a new one?  No problem, just log in to Track Attack with your credentials and all your history automatically shows up and streams immediately (if video has been uploaded).  Wow!
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  5. Force Upload – this is for all you with sessions that are so awesome, you just can’t wait to get home to a Wi-Fi connection, you want to share the video NOW!  Simply go to the upload screen, press and hold the session you want to upload and select ‘Force Upload’.  The app will use your data connection to upload your video and get it processed to share immediately.  Upload speeds will vary based on your connection quality and data plan.  For all of you LTE, 4G and unlimited data plan users, this is for you!
    • Track Attack Force Upload
  6. Track Database Download – Going to a race track in another country or where there is no data connection?  Well now you can download the entire track database (a very small file) and Track Attack can work completely off-line.  This is also great for making sure you don’t get any pesky phone calls in the middle of a session to screw up your concentration.
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What happens after the Beta?

Track Attack 0.6 will be the last free beta and it will be available for download and work until November 22, 2013.  After November 22nd, the app will not work and you will be prompted to download and use the production release. 

What should you do?

Transitioning from the Beta to production is easy, just create a user account and upload all your video to the server.  That’s it!  Because of the Universal Log In feature above, you can delete the Beta version from your phone, download the commercial version, sign in and all your sessions are there in your History page. 

How much will Track Attack cost in the future?

At least one month prior, Track Attack the first commercial release will be available for download.  It will be free for a trial period and then you can use an in-app purchase to unlock two stages:

  1. Free Trial: Full functionality of Track Attack will be available to create 3 sessions of any of the session types.  Once three sessions are created, you will be prompted to purchase, through the app, one of the two versions below.
  2. Lap Timer Only for $4.99USD: This version will allow you to record sessions with data only (i.e. lap or session times) but no video recording.
  3. Lap Timer + Video for $14.99USD: This is the full version you know and love with ability to record video, up to full HD (if your phone supports it) and ability to upload nearly unlimited amounts of videos on the site to instantly share!  Do you have several race events a year and you want to share video of them all and not worry about storing that HD video on your phone, computer or paying premiums from a storage service?  This is for you!

This past weekend we got to solid public beta stage of Track Attack where we are showing off our new features and functionality.

What is a beta?

Beta is a common term used in the software world that essentially means we are close to finishing up the final product but would benefit greatly from getting the app in the real world.  We need your help to put Track Attack through its paces, use it, break it and tell us how it can be better.  We intend to have it in Beta for 1-2 months with at least 2 updates.  During that time, Track Attack will be 100% free and even when we go from Beta to the full production version, users will be able to keep all the data they gathered and transitioned to a free version of the official release app.

What is new?

  1. Landscape Support on Every Screen – Simple as that!  No more twisting your head if you have the phone already mounted on your windshield and starting a session!
  2. No registration required to use Track Attack – We changed some things and now users can simply download Track Attack and be able to hit the track.  No registration required unless you want to upload video to the site or create new tracks.
  3. Support for all types of motorsports – while we at Track Attack primarily do road racing on lap-based circuits, we know and appreciate all types of motorsports.  Whether it be oval tracks, auto-cross, rally-cross, drag racing or even weekend canyon carving, there’s fun stuff on wheels happening and we want Track Attack to help you record it, share it and help you get faster.  In the new Drive Screen, users are able to select the type of motorsport they are doing, select a track and go.
    • Track Attack Drive Screen which gives users option for creating sessions of different motorsports types

      Track Attack Drive Screen which gives users option for creating sessions of different motorsports types

  4. Fun Run: This is for all you canyon carvers and Wang an racers.  Sometimes you are on an awesome road and you want to record and share with friends.  Just hit ‘Fun Run’, then ‘Start’ and drive!  Video and data is recorded just like being on a track but without any timing calculations.
  5. Track Selection: We made a number of small adjustments to the UI and functionality of selecting a race track to make it more intuitive.
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  6. Creating Point to Point Tracks: If we’re supporting point to point based motorsports, that means we need to have point to point based tracks, most, created by our users.  Creating a track for Drag Racing, Auto-cross, Rally Stage or a Hill Climb is easy:
    1. From the Drive screen, select the type of point to point based session you are going to create.
    2. Once the map zooms to your location, you can pan and zoom anywhere in the world and insert a start location beacon and a finish location beacon.
    3. Give the circuit a name
    4. All done!  Now that track is available to all other users.

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It’s a Beta, so what’s missing?

We’re caught!  :)  Yes, the big changes are the above and we wanted to get this in front of users asap so we had some compromises.  Here’s what is currently not working in the Beta but will be soon:

  1. Creating Facebook Posts or Creating an Account through Facebook log in – this is easy work so a lower priority compared to the new cool stuff.
  2. Video upload – this is critical, difficult to do and on it’s way!  One of the updates to the Beta will have this feature and will be a critical part of our user testing before we even think about charging customers money for the app.

What’s next?

We’re coding around the clock to update the app and fix bugs as they come up.  Thank you to the users who downloaded the app this past weekend and we can’t wait to get it out of Beta and in cars around the world!

Track Attack v2 on Android at Portland International Raceways

 

 

 

 

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