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:
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.
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.
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.
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 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
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 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.
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!
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!