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NEW FEATURE – Pin Tracks to Start on Windows Phone

April 21, 2015

We heard from our users that the faster they can initiate the recording of a session, the better. So we leveraged the Pin to Stat and Live Tile functionality of Windows Phone and created ‘Pin Tracks to Start’.

Literally, with this set up, you can start recording a session with one touch and in less than a few seconds. Check it out and let us know what you think!

Today, January 16th, 2015 we released the 1.1.10 build of Track Attack for Android.  The scope of what’s included is very similar to the Windows Phone 2.2 update, where the focus is to make it much easier to find your tracks, create sessions and get to your favorite sessions.  Here’s what’s included:

New Features

1. Enhanced Track Database Functionality

There is a new Track Database Page on the first level navigation.  Here you can start exploring all of the tracks on the official track database and update the locally stored track database.  Each track has it’s own profile page, where you can see the start/finish coordinates, a map preview of the track, the ability to designate it as a favorite track, drive it immediately or pin to the start screen.  More on this below.  We are super excited about this functionality and looking forward to rolling out more features on this over the next few months.

 

Track Attack comes pre-installed with the full official track database but by synchronizing with the server, you get access to all user-created tracks as well.

Track Attack comes pre-installed with the full official track database but by synchronizing with the server, you get access to all user-created tracks as well.

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See details for each track, mark it as a favorite or go drive it from this screen.

 

2. Enhanced Session History Functionality

You will also see that we’ve created the ability for you to designate sessions as ‘favorites’ which then can be brought up in a view specific to favorite sessions.

 

Notice the new heart at the bottom of the screen, here you can designate a session as favorite.

Notice the new heart at the bottom of the screen, here you can designate a session as favorite.

After the session has been designated as a favorite.

After the session has been designated as a favorite.

This is the history page but with the heart at the bottom selected, which shows just your favorite sessions.

This is the history page but with the heart at the bottom selected, which shows just your favorite sessions.

 

3. Get going fast with Track Attack Widgets

Create Tracks Widgets to your Home Screen: We know how stressful it can be on a track day or a race when you’re waiting for your session to come up and next thing you know, you need to be on pre-grid, strapped in and ready to go.  Even the few extra seconds it takes to have the GPS engine turn on, find the tracks around you and hit start can feel like an eternity.  With the the widget functionality in Android, you can create a track specific widget to get recording your session fast.

Note: We’ve made changes to memory management to enable this feature.  Moving forward, the core of Track Attack will install on the phone’s main memory and a separate folder will be installed in your SD card (if installed) to store session videos and data.  This will enable the widgets.  If you manually move all of Track Attack to be stored on the external SD card, Widgets will not be available.

Step 1: Go into the widgets menu in Android and find the Track Attack Track Tile

Step 1: Go into the widgets menu in Android and find the Track Attack Track Tile

Identify your favorite and regular tracks as favorites!

Step 2: Find your desired track and select it

The Tile will be created with the track name - simply select it and the app will go directly to the record session screen of that specific track

The Tile will be created with the track name – simply select it and the app will go directly to the record session screen of that specific track

 

Widgets for Favorite Sessions: Almost as stressful is when friends want to see some of your on track greatness and you need to get into the app, go to your sessions, find the fastest lap and then bring up that personal best lap time session.  Now you can also create session or the specific session to your home screen so you can instantly start watching!

Step 1: As in the picture above for creating a Track Tile, go into the Widgets options of Android and find the Track Attack Session tile.

Step 2: Place it somewhere in an available space and then the following steps and screens will come up:

Step 3: Select the Session you want to create a widget for - note, I have the favorites view enabled.

Step 3: Select the Session you want to create a widget for – note, I have the favorites view enabled.

Step 4: Select a specific lap (optional)

Step 4: Select a specific lap (optional)

Done!  The widget is created and when you select it, it will launch Track Attack and go directly to that session.

Done! The widget is created and when you select it, it will launch Track Attack and go directly to that session.

 

Folders on the Start Screen: Another really cool thing is the ability to use one of your available panes for all your tracks or favorite sessions.  .  For example below, I’ve a pane with all of my usual tracks, so with one click I can get going on the track.  I can imagine creating a folder with all of your personal best fastest laps or the races from each race weekend of the year.  Each phone platform has some really cool differentiators and this is one of the things that makes Android cool and similar to Windows Phone!

Use a pane to hold all of your regular race tracks!

Use a pane to hold all of your regular race tracks!

 4. Bug Fixes

We took care of all bugs that came through since the last update through our analytics.  As of now, there are no known bugs but that rarely stays the same for a while – stuff happens and crashes occur.  Let us know if you run into issues!

 

 

Earlier this week we released Track Attack Lite for iOS and it marks one of the last steps into a shift to what we think is a better model for our users: try before you buy.

Track Attack is focused on bringing functionality and experiences that can only be achieved with $1,000+ worth of hardware and software.  In doing so we have to overcome hurdles in pushing smartphones to use most of their sensors, network connections and a good chunk of their horsepower.  Sometimes a user’s device simply won’t run Track Attack well and we don’t want someone to pay money for something that can’t immediately use.

We also have to overcome believability hurdles with potential customers; can we actually pull these type of experiences off with just a smartphone and for such a low cost?

Try Before You Buy

This is why we are now going to universally have Track Attack and all future versions/SKU’s of Track Attack be free to download, try it out for three full functional sessions and then upgrade to the different levels of Track Attack.  Each platform has different regulations around what can be submitted as a Free app and with Apple’s case, we’ll have only one SKU initially, PRO – the full function version of Track Attack.  After a user uses up their 3 free trial sessions, they will still be able to record GPS based sessions and build their driver profile, without video.

Try before you buy!

Try before you buy!

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Upgrading is super easy

To record video, upload video, store unlimited amounts of video sessions online and share instantly simply upgrade to Track Attack PRO.

 

Upgrade to PRO to continue recording video

Upgrade to PRO to continue recording video

I bought Track Attack before Lite was available, what do I do now?

In the next 2-3 months, we will retire Track Attack only paid version and have only Track Attack Lite (then it will be renamed simply, Track Attack).  Before we retire Track Attack Paid Only, we will release an update that will include a functionality to identify all of the owners of that SKU in our database.  We will ask all of those users to make sure they upload all of their videos they want to keep and delete Track Attack.

They will then download Track Attack Lite and sign in to their account on Track Attack.  The app will confirm you are a paid account user and immediately unlock full feature functionality.  Further, users will be able to go to Session History and synchronize their session history online with their device.  From then on, you’ll be back up and running with all of our session history.

We expect to roll out this transition by the end of August and retire Track Attack Paid Only by the end of September 2014.

What else is new?

While the main change is big, we wanted to include some new cool functionality.  Keeping on the theme of making it as easy as possible for a new user to try Track Attack out, we also changed our initial app launch process.  Now users can simply download Track Attack and start using it immediately.  No need to register an account first.

 

Use Track Attack instantly and register an account later!

Use Track Attack instantly and register an account later!

In fact, users don’t need to register ever unless they want to upload their session videos or create a user-created track.  The trade-off is that all of the session data (lap times, GPS data and video) will be on the phone only and if anything happens to the phone, all the data is lost.  Translation – you still want to create an account!

You still want to register an account though - don't lose awesome footage like this!

You still want to register an account though – don’t lose awesome footage like this!

As always, let us know what you think and spread the word about Track Attack!  We have some great things planned and they will be even more awesome with a large and vibrant community of users!

In 2014 we have some big things planned for Track Attack in our products but also in our partnerships.  This year we are partnering with up and coming Formula Drift driver Rob Primo, out of Seattle, WA.  Rob has been a paving the road for drifters out of the Pacific Northwest in the US to work their way into the professional ranks.

Rob Primo at Formula Drift Long Beach 2013

Rob Primo at Formula Drift Long Beach 2013

Our goal is to help Rob be the best driver he can be and improve throughout the year with the capabilities that Track Attack brings to drivers.  We’ll be with Rob throughout the year at the west coast Formula Drift events and all of his local events with NASA Northwest and Evergreen Drift.  We’re also excited to bring you all the in-car action from his practice and competition rounds using Track Attack.  As we get closer to Round 1 at Formula Drift Long Beach, we sat down with Rob to chat as he worked around the clock to get his car ready.

Track Attack: Thinking about driver development, what have you worked on during the off-season?

Rob: Since 2013 I have started to do a lot more visualization.  Thinking back to the tracks I ran on the FD circuit and being critical of my driving.  You have to be your biggest critic if you want to succeed.  I also watch as many videos of other drivers as I can get.  Watching drivers like Forsberg, Tuerck, Vaughn Gitten JR, Aasbo, Matt Field, Powers, and other get me super excited to get back out there.  FD has some amazing drivers!  I’m excited to share not just my highlight videos but also data and views of drifting at the Formula D level that are rarely seen so that other aspiring drivers can accelerate their development.

Track Attack: What’s new on the car for 2014?

Rob: We upgraded a few things.  Didn’t want to reinvent the wheel as the car was pretty fast and consistent last year.  But Turbo By Garrett has been amazing to our team and they provided us one of their new GTX4088R Turbos.  This should hopefully get us into the 800 whp range and keep us fast.  Pretty amazing we’re at this level with a non stroked 2JZ while still making tons of low end power.  Garrett Turbos are amazing!

Rob Primo Drift Garrett GTX40R

Also we looked to lighten the car.  Lexan windows all around.  A new fuel cell setup along with a tubed rear end.

Rob Primo Drift Lexan Windows

Initially after last season we looked to just keep the car the same but in consulting with Ray from Garage Autohero we felt lightening the car would only be a good thing as my car was already way over the weight class I needed to be in for my desired tire size thus the tube frame rear was decided.   Also putting all the weight in the very back of the car will provide some much needed traction.  The lexan will also save some weight up high on the car.

Rob Primo Fuel Cell

We also upgraded our program.  We have a full team.  Ray from Garage Autohero and Brian Kirk from Portland Speed Industries (PSI) will be joining us throughout the season to be great company and provide awesome help.  Joes Racing Products is on board we now have some key tools we didn’t have before.  Keeping us ready and the car running proper.  You all (Track Attack) have joined our program and I’m really looking forward to shooting all kinds of in car video with actual data!  Having more than awesome music videos (which are great BTW) will allow me to really critique my driving and improve.  It is starting to feel like a team this season!

Track Attack: What does the schedule look like in 2014?

Rob: Really excited about the year because we’re going to be on a race track all the time.  Those tires will have to run for cover!  I plan to run Formula D round 1 in long beach, Formula D round 5 in Seattle, Formula D round 6 in Texas, and Formula D round 7 at Irwindale.  In between those events I will be running some NASA Northwest events on NW road tracks.  I also may end up on Maryhill Loops a time or two like I did last year with Tuerck. But only time will tell.

So what does riding shotgun with Rob Primo in his Formula Drift tire shredding machine feel like?  Here’s some footage from our initial drift testing with Track Attack at Oregon Raceway Park last summer.

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We’re looking forward to get down to Long Beach for Formula Drift Round 1 and bringing the in-car experience back to everyone.  Remember that you can drift with Track Attack at anytime, get it now on Google Play, Apple App Store for iOS and Windows Phone Store.

Make sure to keep up with Rob throughout the season on the Track Attack Blog and through social media:

#tallestguyindrifting

 

 

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