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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!

 

 

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.

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