[APP] *TrackMe* GPS/WiFi/Cell Tracking tool for Google Earth/GM Now avail for Android

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HISTORY

TrackMe is the conversion of the popular tool written originally for Windows Mobile 5 and 6. This version for Android has widely extended the WM version and includes tons of new features. You can find the original thread for TrackMe for WM here

WHAT IS TRACKME?

TrackMe is a GPS/WiFi/Cell ID tracker. It records your path, speed, altitude, distance, temperature and other parameters. It can also be started remotely using text messages from any other phone.
You can view your data (live or recorded) from your phone or also from any browser if you sync it with a TrackMe server.

Features

* Works with no internet connection. All your data is stored on your phone unless that you decide to sync it with a TrackMe server.
* Stealth mode: Start/stop recording or send your position by sms by sending text messages from other phones without having TrackMe installed.
* Add markers with pictures, comments, file attachments or voice notes to your routes.
* Automatic image matching. You can match existing photos stored on your phone with any of your routes. TrackMe will try to find the closest match by using the tags stored inside the photos.
* Detailed route summary.
* Load any GPX files on the map and follow them!
* Show nearby markers. Check on the map for nearby markers that you have added previously in other routes. Very useful if you are trying to go back to a place that you have visited before.
* Cloud sharing. Share public or privately your position on the map. You can use this to meet with a person, if you both got lost from each other, if you want to see where the person is if it went on a trip...
This feature can be also started and stopped from any other phone using text messages.
* Export and import routes using KML or GPX files.
* Share your position on WhatsApp, sms, email, twitter...
* Highly customizable.
* Use our own server free of charge or your own!
* And much more!

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HOW TO USE YOUR OWN SERVER
Click here for instructions (Google Maps API not needed)

CUSTOM WEB VIEWER DEVELOPMENT AND USER PLUGINS
Click here to visit the thread

WEB BROWSER VIEWER
Created by OpitZle, pammetje, mcross, jcleek and _LEM_ (only TrackMe client<->server communication)




HOW TO TRACK A PHONE USING TRACKME
Due to popular demand, here are some instructions about how to do it. Just keep in mind that this is just a feature on TrackMe, and you can use it in many different ways.

1. TEXT MESSAGES

Unfortunaltey Google disallowed apps to receive text messages, so this option is no longer valid.

1. Install TrackMe on the phone(s) you would like to track.
2. Run TrackMe and click OK on the Disclaimer and Information page. This will take you to the TrackMe's main screen.
3. Press the Menu button on your phone.
4. Click on Minimum Accuracy in the Storage section. By default is set to 300m (984 ft). You can change that to a higher value if you want to reduce the chances for the position to be discarded because of poor accuracy. This is specially useful if the phone is indoors.
5. Check the WiFi and Cell Network checkbox in the Source section. This will let you to get the location of the phone even if it is indoors.
6. Click on SMS tracking settings in the SMS Tracking section.
7. Check the SMS tracking enabled checkbox on top.
8. Click on the Send Position option. This will show you the text message that this phone needs to receive in order to send the location to the phone that sent the message.
By default is !!send but you can change it to anything else. Note the two exclamation marks at front. Click ok to confirm your changes.
Note: If you use Send Position Quick, then you can skip steps 4 and 5.
9. Click the back button on your phone twice to go back to TrackMe's main screen.

That's it!

- From now on you don't need to have TrackMe running on this phone to make this work. You just need to have it installed.
- You don't even need to have internet on this phone!

Now you can just send a text message from any other phone containing the word that you specified in step 8, and TrackMe will reply with another text message showing the location of the phone and a link to a map.

Note: When TrackMe sends the location of the phone using a link, it will try to generate a short link to make it more readable to the user.
I have been informed that some providers don't allow these services (like tinyurl.com) and it will discard those messages.
If you never receive a message from the tracked phone it could be due to this reason.
You can disable URL shortening by going to Sharing Settings in the Sharing section. Once you are there you can uncheck the option
Shorten URLs



2. CLOUD SHARING (you need to install the app on both phones)


Let's suppose your wife wants to track your location in real-time.

On your phone: Click on cloud icon at the bottom.
You can change the name that will appear by going to Settings->Cloud Sharing->Display Name.

On her phone: Click on the Map icon at the bottom, and at the top right menu enable "Show cloud people".
Your position will be displayed and updated automatically on the map.



3. SYNCING YOUR DATA WITH A TRACKME SERVER (you only need the app on your phone)

Let's suppose your wife wants to track your location in real-time.

On your phone: Enable "Sync my positions" in Settings->TrackMe Server Settings->Sync my positions. You also need to enter a username and password.
Now your wife can go to http://luisespinosa.com/trackme from a browser, enter that username and password and enable "Live Tracking On/Off" to see your current position. You need to start recording on the TrackMe app for all this to work.

Keep in mind that Cloud Sharing is less accurate. Syncing with a TrackMe server will allow you as much accuracy as you need, by adjusting the GPS, WiFi, QuickFix, Minimum Accuracy/Distance/Time values in the settings.
 
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lemassykoi

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Maybe that link is only for US users. I need to look into that.
French User = OK for my HTC Sensation with the link you provided

Big thanks LEM, I was waiting since April, since I threw my last winmo device :D

I just want to use my own web server, but when I'm going on Google to get my Maps API, Google tells me :

Note: The Google Maps Javascript API Version 2 has been officially deprecated as of May 19, 2010. Version 3 does not require an API key. The V2 API will continue to work as per our deprecation policy, but we encourage you to migrate your code to version 3 of the Maps Javascript API.

does someone is familiar with that ?
 

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French User = OK for my HTC Sensation with the link you provided

Big thanks LEM, I was waiting since April, since I threw my last winmo device :D

I just want to use my own web server, but when I'm going on Google to get my Maps API, Google tells me :

Note: The Google Maps Javascript API Version 2 has been officially deprecated as of May 19, 2010. Version 3 does not require an API key. The V2 API will continue to work as per our deprecation policy, but we encourage you to migrate your code to version 3 of the Maps Javascript API.

does someone is familiar with that ?
I didn't know about that. I think eventually (unless somebody from the community wants to help) will be redoing the web interface. It hasn't been updated in a long time and I would like to fix and add a few things.
 
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By the way, the company that acquired the original TrackMe (and is supporting this new version) is creating a website for it. You can visit it at www.mobiletrackme.com
Eventually we will move everything there. My website got kind of confused right now with so many versions!
 
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By the way, the company that acquired the original TrackMe (and is supporting this new version) is creating a website for it. You can visit it at www.mobiletrackme.com
Eventually we will move everything there. My website got kind of confused right now with so many versions!
i haven't tried the android version yet, because i've moved to the iphone, but i will try it on my old device soon. i can read on their webpage, that an iphone version will be released this month! well, it would be so great if this was true!!
 

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i haven't tried the android version yet, because i've moved to the iphone, but i will try it on my old device soon. i can read on their webpage, that an iphone version will be released this month! well, it would be so great if this was true!!
They told me yesterday that it will be released next week. I'm not involved in that project though.
 
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They told me yesterday that it will be released next week. I'm not involved in that project though.
that sounds great! (that they might really release it soon, not that you are not involved ;) ) ... but thank you so much for keeping that program of yours alive and thanks for the android version. i was looking forward to this one, too! my fav. software on WM... now maybe on all other devices as well.
 

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Hi,

first many thanks for the android version.

And now my problem, I'am using my own server on port 8080. I've entered the URL Header h**p://xx.xx.xx.xx:8080 and got only an error 401, but didn't find any entries in my log. After a while of searching, I found the entrys on my 2. server running on port 80.

Regards Martin
 

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Excellent Excellent Excellent :D

donation coming your way . .
Likewise. This Android version is working like a charm. Thanks LEM!

Would it be possible to run trackme as a service? For my Desire Z it seems somehow to shutdown sometimes when I'm using some other programs when using TM (eg. Foursquare). So I could be sure that it will be run on background when using some other progs. I'm not using any software that would kill processes.

And how about some features that WM -version had? Eg. when turning with some degrees it would push current location right away to the server (and send also angle parameter to the database).

Hopefully you have some time for the future also develop this Android version ahead. Great work! Thanks again. Now I have all the software that I'll need for Android.