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This past weekend our Android users got a new update, release 1.1.3.  Here is what was new in the build:

1. NEW FEATURE – Record using the front camera

If your phone has a front-facing camera, you can now use that camera to record video, instead of your normal camera at the back of the phone.  When you get to the record screen, simply touch the “Camera toggle” button on the right side of the UI to switch between the front and rear facing cameras.

Track Attack App Front Facing Camera Feature

Why is that useful?  Two main reasons:

    1. If you’ve received training, you know a driving principle and speed secret is to look where you want to go!  Recording a session where you focus on where you are looking (through turns and as ahead as possible) can be invaluable to your development as a driver.  You can see on the data overlay where you are on the track and watch your eyes and head movements to see if you are consistently focusing on where you are going to be, not where you are right then and there.
    2. If you are a racer (actual wheel to wheel racing), doing a race where you record the rear view can be valuable to understand how other drivers are trying to set you up and how you can react or set them up stop them from overtaking.  Use the front-facing recording option to work on your race craft!
Using the front facing camera to evaluate how well you look where you want to go.

Using the front facing camera to evaluate how well you look where you want to go.

2. Upload video bug fixes and improvements

We made several improvements to the upload functionality to make it more stable and faster.  This is for when you connect to Wi-Fi and upload your videos to our servers so they can be stored, processed and sliced up per lap (if they are lap based) and then easily shared online.  We also fixed a few bugs we had noticed from users.

3. Streaming Video Fix

If you’ve uploaded your video to the site, you know how great it is to get large video files off of your phone and able to stream them directly from our site instantly to view anytime.  We fixed bugs that had shown up in our analytics so the streaming of videos from the site should be much improved for those who ran into bugs.

4. No advertising for paying customers

A few customers who had upgraded to Pro and Lap Timer versions of the app indicated they were still seeing advertisements in the app.  Those have been confirmed gone and if you buy Track Attack, you’ll never see ads again!

5. Improvements to the GPS Engine

We’re always trying to improve the GPS engine of the app to give the most accurate timings and data possible from the phone.  We made a handful of improvements that will improve performance of specific devices and we found other areas we’ll improve in the future.

There’s different phones with different storage sizes and not all sessions are created equally.  So with Track Attack for iOS and Android, you have the option to record in three different video qualities.  As of this post (December 23, 2013), video quality settings are supported on iOS (iPhone) and Android versions of Track Attack, for the phones which support

Track Attack App GPS Lap Timer Android iOS Video Quality Settings

480p: Lowest video quality and will take up the smallest amount of storage on your device.  Generally, we’ve seen a 25 minute session take about 120MB’s of space (~10-12 song equivalent).  Think of this as standard TV definition.   Will look fine on your phone, ok on a web browser but not that great if you blow it up.

Track Attack App on Android - GPS lap timer and recorder on 480p video quality

Example Video: http://trackattackapp.com/?raceid=89e7a5ba-e8fa-4964-b26b-4e8e0a583625

720p: Think of this as DVD video quality.  Looks a lot better than standard definition and still doesn’t use a ton of storage on your device.  Expect a 25 minute session to take ~600MB’s on your phone.

Track Attack App recording in 720p

Example 720p Video: http://trackattackapp.com/?raceid=02845e47-bcf4-442b-9d3d-af3c6e6d288d

1080p: Boom!  High definition, well technically, for phones that support video quality above 720p, we make this the highest video quality available on the particular phone.  In most phones, this video will look amazing and have you wondering why you did or ever wanted to buy a GoPro camera.

Track Attack v2 on Android at Portland International Raceways

Example 1080p Video: http://trackattackapp.com/?raceid=09abf415-bc7e-425f-bb17-28c9d782d752

 

Get Track Attack at the App Store for iOS  (iPhone and iPad): https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/track-attack/id563831509?ls=1&mt=8

Get Track Attack at the Google Play Store for Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.studios9104.trackattack

Get Track Attack BETA for Windows Phone: http://www.windowsphone.com/en-us/store/app/track-attack/d9fdee8e-92b0-44fe-aced-b7dc3691d49f

Track Attack App – GPS Lap Timer, HD Video Recorder and Instant Sharing

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