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What is a GPS Logger?

This might seem like a silly question for me to ask but what is a GPS Logger? Any ideas? 

I’ve got an iPhone app called “Simple GPS Logger“, that displays location (longitude, latitude, altitude) and allows you to save locations. It will also show the distance from those saved locations.

The only reason it was called Simple GPS Logger is because AppStore names need to be unique and “Simple GPS” was already taken. Weirdly, my app is actually”logger” with a lowercase L and logger with a capital L was already taken, but I didn’t realise that until I was searching later.

I’m looking at adding some new features and am wondering what a “GPS Logger” should actually do. The obvious thing I am looking is something like Runkeeper that would create a trail, provide details of that trail during and after recording it (avg speed, total distance, etc), and probably allow that trail to be exported as a GPX or similar. 

Any comments or suggestions? 

This app is currently pretty basic and was my first real attempt at iPhone development. It has been about as successful as I might have expected considering it has had no marketing, with downloads in the hundreds in the past couple of months since I released it.

I’m happy doing some extra work on it to add some new features but don’t want to spend too much time since I’m giving it away for free and therefore it isn’t making me any money. I’m looking at adding a tip jar similar to what David Smith has done with Pedometer++ to try and a bring a little bit of money in but I don’t think I want to add advertising to the app and if I charge any money, I think that downloads will go to zero pretty quickly.