MapFactor - Free Turn-By-Turn GPS Navigation App with Safety Speed Camera Warnings for Android Phones & Tablets - Map and app updates are FREE every month - Maps are installed on the SD card - No need for an Internet connection when traveling @ Googl
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MapFactor - Free Turn-By-Turn GPS Navigation App with Safety Speed Camera Warnings for Android Phones & Tablets - Map and app updates are FREE every month - Maps are installed on the SD card - No need for an Internet connection when traveling @ Googl

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Found 23rd Apr 2014
The maps do take along time to download, so be patient.

MapFactor Navigator is a free turn-by-turn GPS navigation app for Android phones and tablets using OpenStreetMaps data.

Maps are installed on the SD card so there is no need for an Internet connection when traveling. Map and app updates are FREE every month.

MapFactor also makes the popular NavigatorFREE for PC, Pocket PC and WinCE.

OpenStreetMap is a collaborative project to create a free editable map of the world. For more information see openstreetmap.org

Voice guidance
* intuitive voice navigation in different languages
* door to door route planning
* cross-border routing without the need to switch between countries or to a less detailed map
* overview of the upcoming manoeuvre and distance shown on the screen

GPS satellite navigation
* 2D/3D mode allows realistic visual map display
* day/night modes switch colour schemes for day or night time driving
* map rotates in driving direction, or north up

Searching
* find nearest points of interest
* postcodes
* full GB postcodes (1.8 million)

Speed cameras
* hear audible warnings as you approach speed cameras

Features
* add your own favourite locations and routes
* routing modes for car, pedestrian, truck
* route avoidance - block off certain road from your route.

Also displays your Speed on the screen in MPH.

PLEASE NOTE!
* The maps do take along time to download, so be patient.
* No need for a phone network data connection.
* Only works with GPS android Phones & Tablets.
* UK OSM Map is 200MB (0.2GB) not much really.
* Camera Light Data is 1MB (select the speed camera data separately).
* Camera Speed is 1MB (select the speed camera data separately).
* Sounds UK is 5MB (select sound data separately).

Once you have downloaded the app.
1. Select Navigator Free.
2. Select Map Manger.
3. Select Download Maps.
4. For example: Select Europe.
5. Select United Kingdom OSM and United Kingdom Postcode Ordnance Survey.
6. Also scroll down and select Speed Cameras, then Camera Light and Camera Speed.
7. Under Required Data the Earth OSM and Sound Signals should already be ticked.
8. Now select Download.
The maps do take some time to download, so please be patient.

109 Comments

Original Poster

I use this on a daily basis, its fast and accurate (quickly recalculates your route if needed). Also includes Google search and voice input so you can just say the destination/address.

Speed camera alerts also work as they should.
Edited by: "Da11as" 23rd Apr 2014

It says you have to pay for the maps ?

Can you add tomtom poi's?

SubaruWRX

It says you have to pay for the maps ?



Only if you use TomTom maps, the openstreet/OS maps are free...

ok, will wait until I get home to download those as internet really so at work

Is this the best SatNav app? Don't mind spending a tenner or so if i need to? Also is it usually free or should i download now?

I use M8 too.

Original Poster

UnicornRiver

Is this the best SatNav app? Don't mind spending a tenner or so if i need … Is this the best SatNav app? Don't mind spending a tenner or so if i need to? Also is it usually free or should i download now?



Navigator FREE is usually free.

There is another free good navigator app which is NAVFREE.

Original Poster

SubaruWRX

I use M8 too.



Dont you need a mobile network data connection to use M8, I dont think its a standalone satellite navigation device.

MapFactor & NavFree you dont need a mobile data connection, the maps are store on SD card. You dont incur data charges from your phone network provider as no data connection is used.

I don't know about M8 and data charges. I just know I get on with it and also have Navfree but prefer M8 to enter info/use.

Original Poster

SubaruWRX

I don't know about M8 and data charges. I just know I get on with it and … I don't know about M8 and data charges. I just know I get on with it and also have Navfree but prefer M8 to enter info/use.



M8 you need to turn on your phones data connection and also turn on your GPS connection for M8 to work.

MapFactor Navigator and NavFree you only turn on our GPS for the app to work, your phone or tablet then works as a proper standalone satellite navigation device just like a regular satnav. Maps are stored on memory card, no other data charges apply.
Edited by: "Da11as" 23rd Apr 2014

Any reason why this wont work on an Android Tablet? Will try later anyway

Original Poster

dybydx

Any reason why this wont work on an Android Tablet? Will try later anyway … Any reason why this wont work on an Android Tablet? Will try later anyway



As long as your tablet is equipped with GPS, then yes.

The benefit of MapFactor is that your Tablet will not need a data connection.

Edited by: "Da11as" 23rd Apr 2014

Looks good. Hot!

Does this work with Nexus 7 tablet, these have no SD cards?

Original Poster

mijdoog

Does this work with Nexus 7 tablet, these have no SD cards?



As long as you have enough internal memory for the maps to be stored.

This is why I would never buy a mobile device such as a phone or tablet without an SD card slot.

External memory (SD card) is much needed day to day. Maps, Documents, Photos, Music etc can be access without the need of a data or wifi connection.

If your phone network fails or you have no signal, or bad 3G data coverage then you cannot access your online storage (such as Cloud etc), no maps, no access to important files etc on the move.

All Google phones and tablets are purposely designed not to have an SD card slot to make users use the online cloud storage etc.

Edited by: "Da11as" 23rd Apr 2014

Thanks, looks superior to NavFree.

EDIT: Daft question, do I need United Kingdom Postcode - Ordnance Survey? And what does it do?
Edited by: "SNYPERE" 23rd Apr 2014

Da11as

This is why I would never buy a mobile device such as a phone or tablet … This is why I would never buy a mobile device such as a phone or tablet without an SD card slot.External memory (SD card) is much needed day to day. Maps, Documents, Photos, Music etc can be access without the need of a data or wifi connection. If your phone network fails or you have no signal, or bad 3G data coverage then you cannot access your online storage (such as Cloud etc), no maps, no access to important files etc on the move. All Google phones and tablets are purposely designed not to have an SD card slot to make users use the online cloud storage etc.



True SD card slots are useful but it is possible to use USB OTG with external storage as it is supported with a lot of devices. More things to carry around though

Original Poster

thetarget

True SD card slots are useful but it is possible to use USB OTG with … True SD card slots are useful but it is possible to use USB OTG with external storage as it is supported with a lot of devices. More things to carry around though



Lol exactly! who wants to be carrying around a OTG cable dangling from their phone or tablet, thats going back 10 or so years. Google have it all wrong!

....... or maybe NOT! (_;)

Google are clever and want their customers to pay the high price tag for the larger internal memory size product (just like apple). Once you have bought the low end memory product such as a 4/8GB, 6 months later you are in need of the 16/32GB product i.e you go and spend more money on their product and services.

Why do people fall for it ?

Stick with Samsung, Sony and all the other SD card built devices, it makes life alot easier and alot cheaper.
Edited by: "Da11as" 23rd Apr 2014

Da11as

Lol exactly! who wants to be carrying around a OTG cable dangling from … Lol exactly! who wants to be carrying around a OTG cable dangling from their phone or tablet, thats going back 10 or so years. Google have it all wrong! ....... or maybe NOT! (_;)Google are clever and want their customers to pay the high price tag for the larger internal memory size product (just like apple). Once you have bought the low end memory product such as a 4/8GB, 6 months later you are in need of the 16/32GB product i.e you go and spend more money on their product and services.Why do people fall for it ?Stick with Samsung and all the other SD card built devices, it makes life alot easier and alot cheaper.



Completely agree, just received my Xperia Z2...it's amazing.

Original Poster

SNYPERE

Completely agree, just received my Xperia Z2...it's amazing.



Blooming ek! the Sony Xperia Z2 has a microSD, up to 128 GB oO

and a 20.7MP Camera with 5248 х 3936 pixels oO

and a 5.2" screen.

Lol! I have the Archos 50 Platnium, has a 5" IPS Black Screen, 8.0MP Camera and SD card upto a poor 32GB. X)

Da11as

Blooming ek! the Sony Xperia Z2 has a microSD, up to 128 GB oOand a … Blooming ek! the Sony Xperia Z2 has a microSD, up to 128 GB oOand a 20.7MP Camera with 5248 х 3936 pixels oOand a 5.2" screen.Lol! I have the Archos 50 Platnium, has a 5" IPS Black Screen, 8.0MP Camera and SD card upto a poor 32GB. X)



I never fill up the SD card anyway, even the maps for Mapfactor is only 300MB. Still getting mileage out of my 16GB micro sd that I bought with my Galaxy S3, before my Galaxy S4 lol thing must fail soon!

Good for when there's no Internet

Cheers!

Sorry I prefer navfree. works perfectly for me.

Original Poster

Dealmessiah

Sorry I prefer navfree. works perfectly for me.



I started with NavFree, but prefer MapFactor, has a much better user interface.

NavFree does not have the FREE Safety Speed camera warnings.

Fair enough. I'm sticking with navfree and I don't speed so no need for the warnings.

All I get is a white screen on my S4

Original Poster

Dealmessiah

Fair enough. I'm sticking with navfree and I don't speed so no need for … Fair enough. I'm sticking with navfree and I don't speed so no need for the warnings.



What! are you the perfect driver ? everyone can easily drift over the speed limit without noticing, its easy to drift over the 30mph limit.

Camera alerts help drivers drive more carefully, they tend to stick to the limit and drive more carefully (its much better having a audible and visual device warn you of your speed instead of getting a speeding fine).
Edited by: "Da11as" 23rd Apr 2014

Original Poster

dlee

All I get is a white screen on my S4



Uninstall the app.
Turn phone off, but select 'Power Off and Restart'
Then re-install the app.
Download the maps you require.

SNYPERE

Thanks, looks superior to NavFree.EDIT: Daft question, do I need United … Thanks, looks superior to NavFree.EDIT: Daft question, do I need United Kingdom Postcode - Ordnance Survey? And what does it do?



I think is used to search for postcodes, so quite useful.

BTW, voted hot and thanks OP. I have an intel based phone and Navfree stopped working after an update a few months ago. This actually works.

hot, will test it out, thanks

I accidentally used the TomTom navigator but didn't remember being told/asked about paying. Is there any way to find out whether it has cost me and if so, how to find out?

Thanks in advance.

Heated, OP - thanks.

Thanks op I think I have finally found a decent navigation app. I like its clean and simple UI. Been using navfree for quite a while but the ads are too intrusive and recent updates made it slow and buggy.

Kinda reminds me of the 'Time/Moment' Google Maps came out as 'FREE TOO' several Moons back?! .. CLASSIC!!

Hopefully this too will prove all in line with other top-notch (be it relatively few?) FREE Sat-Nav Software Products out there still ..... :-)

Heat added.

Original Poster

duckling

I accidentally used the TomTom navigator but didn't remember being … I accidentally used the TomTom navigator but didn't remember being told/asked about paying. Is there any way to find out whether it has cost me and if so, how to find out? Thanks in advance. Heated, OP - thanks.



Do you have a credit card linked to your account ?

SNYPERE

Completely agree, just received my Xperia Z2...it's amazing.



Me too, its pretty much flawless.

Thanks OP, this should be a handy alternative to google maps.

I have been using this App on my Galaxy Tab 3 for a number of months.
Works fantastic in the car, really fast in connecting to a GPS satellite and correcting routing when needed.

The 'warnings' when going over the speed limit or speed cameras ahead need to me a little more subtle, as they keep making me jump, but I really recommend this app.
The 3d view, zooming etc are extremely easy to see where you are to go on your journey

hasn't this always been free?
why so hot all of a sudden?
I've had good and bad experiences with all of the sat nav apps I've tried so far, including this one, m8, nav free and a couple of others. I haven't settled on one yet. the on line ones don't really eat into your data allowance that much, but the off line ones have the bonus that it doesn't matter what your data signal is like.

Da11as

Lol exactly! who wants to be carrying around a OTG cable dangling from … Lol exactly! who wants to be carrying around a OTG cable dangling from their phone or tablet, thats going back 10 or so years. Google have it all wrong! ....... or maybe NOT! (_;)Google are clever and want their customers to pay the high price tag for the larger internal memory size product (just like apple). Once you have bought the low end memory product such as a 4/8GB, 6 months later you are in need of the 16/32GB product i.e you go and spend more money on their product and services.Why do people fall for it ?Stick with Samsung, Sony and all the other SD card built devices, it makes life alot easier and alot cheaper.


Agreed, people should send a message by not buying google products.
Unfortunately, all Nexus and Moto G phones are cheap and cheerful so hard to say do not buy.
Moto G for instance, it is not even sold as a Dual SIM version in the UK.
Because Asian customers/merkets did send the message, the manufacturers release Dual SIM versions of almost every phone on those markets. Here, they just get away with it somehow.
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