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NavFree for Android - Free offline 3D satnav UK, Europe, USA etc. Powered by Navmii - Maps by OpenStreetMap
NavFree for Android - Free offline 3D satnav UK, Europe, USA etc. Powered by Navmii - Maps by OpenStreetMap

NavFree for Android - Free offline 3D satnav UK, Europe, USA etc. Powered by Navmii - Maps by OpenStreetMap

Hello fellow Android users!

I love my Google Maps but every time I'm abroad I had to give it up because I can't do roaming. Luckily, there is a free app with offline (i.e. onboard) maps that comes with professional quality and decent maps for UK and Europe and many other, and plenty more are in the pipeline...

Apple users have had NavFree for some time and they're apparently very happy with it. It turns out there is an Android version after all, however for some reason it's not on the Market but rather seems to be exclusive to Expansys. (direct link right below this post)

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Original Poster

Here's the direct link to save you registering:
http://navfree.expansys.com/Navfree_1.8.0.5113.apk

I thought it'd be more useful to link the deal to the review instead since you need to download this from your phone.

PS: this app is just under 50MB and maps can weigh up to 300MB each so do get a WiFi connection before your start downloading!

[Edit] The .apk above is for Android 2.2, check the link below for Android 2.3:
getsatisfaction.com/nav…ase
Edited by: "Kiddson" 14th Sep 2011

Thanks for this, been looking for a decent Free satNav app.

Oh well.... Downloaded, installed, nothing!! Each time I start the app i get a black screen and it closes down....
Edited by: "atc28uk" 14th Sep 2011

does this work without data connection charges ??

Great find - thanks

Thanks for this.
Quotes are from NavFree site.



Navfree Overview
AN INDUSTRY FIRST

Navfree uses map data from OpenStreetMap(OSM), often referred to as the Wikipedia of maps, which allows us to provide you with full GPS navigation at no cost to you.
TOTALLY FREE!!!!

No monthly fees or Annual charges. Maps are stored on your device.
No data connection is required*
FREE MAP UPDATES!!!

Receive free updates of the map data for life.

Navfree is powered by Navmii, a top selling premium navigation software application.

Original Poster

Thanks for the quotes Pokchop

atc28uk

Thanks for this, been looking for a decent Free satNav app.Oh well.... … Thanks for this, been looking for a decent Free satNav app.Oh well.... Downloaded, installed, nothing!! Each time I start the app i get a black screen and it closes down....


Shame... It works fine here, although it's hogging most of the little space I had left on my good old Desire (ah that Nexus Prime won't come fast enough!). Did you download the maps? If not, head to the shop in the menu and get the UK & ROI map to start with.

superpal

does this work without data connection charges ??



Yup, that's the whole point, this one is all on your memory card so you can use it abroad too. And if you're limited in the amount of data you can download every month, that would probably help too.

i used that in HTC desire and work great.

but unfortunately not working in Samsung Glaxy S2. not sure why


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Shame... It works fine here, although it's hogging most of the little space I had left on my good old Desire (ah that Nexus Prime won't come fast enough!). Did you download the maps? If not, head to the shop in the menu and get the UK & ROI map to start with.
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Cant get the app to load so unable to get maps etc...

Im using a Samsung Galaxy s2..

Original Poster

Damn. Just like kaiyuatan! There might be a compatibility problem there. It's a really good app, I see it even has the name of the buildings where I work whereas Google Maps just has a grey patch representing the whole campus.

This is a preview version though so hopefully this will be fixed soon. It's worth checking it once in a while on the market!

Thx Kiddson for all your help... Will have s scout around and if I find a solution will post the info... Heat added....

For the lazy..........like me

QR for Android 2.2 version:

[img]qrcode.kaywa.com/img…php?s=6&d=http%3A%2F%2Fnavfree.expansys.com%2FNavfree_1.8.0.5113.apk[/img]




Edited by: "thepearce" 14th Sep 2011

Think I've sorted it on the Galaxy s2, I went to Navfree support and found another version that seems to work, I went for the android 2.3 version linked at the top of the page in the link and all installed and running fine now....

getsatisfaction.com/nav…exx

Original Poster

atc28uk

Thx Kiddson for all your help... Will have s scout around and if I find a … Thx Kiddson for all your help... Will have s scout around and if I find a solution will post the info... Heat added....


Hey I found something for you... The Expansys version is only for Android 2.2, follow this link for Android 2.3:
http://getsatisfaction.com/navmii/topics/android_release

[Edit] Ah you just beat me to it!
Edited by: "Kiddson" 14th Sep 2011

QR for Android 2.3 Version :

[img]qrcode.kaywa.com/img…php?s=6&d=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.navmii.net%2Fbin%2FNavfree_1.9.2.5728.apk[/img]

Thanks for this - installed on my San Fran with Ginger StirFry. Maps are in the online store if anyone is looking for them.
Edited by: "thepearce" 14th Sep 2011

Are US maps available anywhere for this?

I have the 2.3 version installed and only see postcodes and UK/ROI maps

pontprennau

Are US maps available anywhere for this? I have the 2.3 version installed … Are US maps available anywhere for this? I have the 2.3 version installed and only see postcodes and UK/ROI maps



Only see uk options to, would be interested in knowing where to get other countries etc..

Can't thank you enough for the heads up on this one kiddson, crackin navigation app...

Original Poster

Most welcome!
Sadly it seems to be UK & ROI only so far, although US maps are apparently coming soon. I can't see why European maps wouldn't come soon either given that they're already available for Apple and Nokia devices. I'm going to edit the title to reflect that.

Brilliant app otherwise, the maps are so much more precise than Google's and even have pedestrian pathways and building names! The interface is very neat too, really happy with it. Unlike Google Maps, it doesn't have satellite view or StreetView but they have announced live traffic updates as a coming feature.

@thepearce thanks a lot for the QR barcodes!

Are safety cameras on it or can they be put on?

will not install on T mobile pulse mini

thanx

thanks for kiddson and act28uk. tested and work fine, (not yet try on road..but guess should be ok!)

wow, thanks for this, I'll be trying it on my andypad when i receive it today, hope it works.

sorry new to all this

Does anyone know if htc wildfire is android 2.2 or 2.3 ?

Already got 2 satnavs on Samsung Galaxy S, but thought I`d try this one too - thanx

Use the Android 2.3 link for Galaxy S2.

Going to try it on the way home, I can imagine this will be useful when going on holiday in the middle of nowhere with no 3G signal :-)

~Cyrix

Quite good - but not of any use for me since I get data connection/Google Maps for all my UK trips! Wish we could get other maps.

batista

sorry new to all thisDoes anyone know if htc wildfire is android 2.2 or … sorry new to all thisDoes anyone know if htc wildfire is android 2.2 or 2.3 ?



Hi.. Don't have the wildfire myself but would suggest trying the 2.2 version, if it doesnt work go for the other..

Does the app and all maps get installed to the SD? Is any space taken up at all on the internal storage? I have the good old HTC Desire and internal space is always an issue on this phone.

Also, will it work on Android Tablet?

batista

Does anyone know if htc wildfire is android 2.2 or 2.3 ?


Menu -> Settings -> About Phone -> Android Version

Brilliant! I was looking for an Android 2.3 version of this since the previous version was released several months ago. Downloading the maps now and looking forward to trying it out on the way home from work :-)

I cannto get this to work on My Samsung Galaxy s2 but personaly prefer to use Waze which is also free
https://market.android.com/details?id=com.waze&feature=search_result

Have fun

Works great on my Xoom.
Thanks

First_Wizball

I cannto get this to work on My Samsung Galaxy s2 but personaly prefer to … I cannto get this to work on My Samsung Galaxy s2 but personaly prefer to use Waze which is also freehttps://market.android.com/details?id=com.waze&feature=search_resultHave fun



Make sure you download the 2.3 version link provided by Kiddson. it should be work!

Also, is that any way we could get the Europe or world map for this?

atc28uk

Hi.. Don't have the wildfire myself but would suggest trying the 2.2 … Hi.. Don't have the wildfire myself but would suggest trying the 2.2 version, if it doesnt work go for the other..


Thanks

Gaspode

Menu -> Settings -> About Phone -> Android Version



Thanks

Working perfect on Desire Z/G2 W/ 2.3

Thank you - excellent find

Cheers OP! Running smooth as butter on my Desire HD 2.3.5

kaiyuantan

Make sure you download the 2.3 version link provided by Kiddson. it … Make sure you download the 2.3 version link provided by Kiddson. it should be work!Also, is that any way we could get the Europe or world map for this?



Not Sure never tried but looking at there website

http://world.waze.com/

Looks like they cover a lot of counties so woudl have to say yes

I have this on my Iphone good little app not used it on android but hey it's free unlike Iphone's version heat added
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