OsmAnd+ Maps & GPS Navigation £2.99 @ Google Play
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OsmAnd+ Maps & GPS Navigation £2.99 @ Google Play

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Found 1st May 2017
Down from £4.99 for the next few days. I had a play around with the free version and was quite impressed. It uses free OSM maps and can be used offline so quite handy for use abroad. Its other main strength is using it for off-road activities like cycling or walking. There are many plugins available such as contour lines and parking and it also supports GPX tracking. The only downside I found was that the search function is a bit rubbish. You can download a UK postcode file but it's very clunky to use. The free version is limited to a total of 10 downloads (maps, voice packages, etc) and does not support offline Wikipedia content.

There's also a very helpful forum where you can download the UK postcode files.

Blurb:
OsmAnd+ (OSM Automated Navigation Directions) is a map and navigation application with access to the free, worldwide, and high-quality OpenStreetMap (OSM) data.

Enjoy voice and optical navigator, viewing POIs (points of interest), creating and managing GPX tracks, using contour lines visualization and altitude info (through plugin), a choice between driving, cycling, pedestrian modes, OSM editing and much more.

GPS navigation
• You can choose between offline (no roaming charges when you are abroad) or online (faster) mode
• Turn-by-turn voice guidance leads you along the way (recorded and synthesized voices)
• The route gets rebuilt whenever you deviate from it
• Lane guidance, street names, and estimated time of arrival will help along the way
• To make your trip safer, day/night mode switches automatically
• You can choose to show speed limits, and get reminders if you exceed it
• Map zoom adjusts to your speed
• You can searches destinations by address, by type (e.g.: parking, restaurant, hotel, gas station, museum), or by geographical coordinates
• Supports intermediate points on your itinerary
• You can record your own or upload a GPX track and follow it

Map
• Displays POIs (point of interests) around you
• Adjusts the map to your direction of motion (or compass)
• Shows where you are and where you are looking at
• Share your location so that your friends can find you
• Keeps your most important places in Favorites
• Allows you to choose how to display names on the map: in English, local, or phonetic spelling
• Displays specialized online tiles, satellite view (from Bing), different overlays like touring/navigation GPX tracks and additional layers with customizable transparency

Skiing
OsmAnd ski maps plugin enables you to see ski tracks with level of complexity and some additional information, like location of lifts and other facilities.

Use OSM and Wikipedia Data
• High-quality information from the best collaborative projects of the world
• OSM data available per country or region
• Wikipedia POIs, great for sightseeing
• Unlimited free downloads, directly from the app
• Compact offline vector maps updated at least once a month
• Choice between complete region data or just road network (Example: All of Japan is 700 MB or 200 MB for the road network only)

Cycling
• You can find cycling paths on the map
• GPS navigation in cycling mode builds your route using cycling paths
• You can see your speed and altitude
• GPX recording option enables you to record your trip and share it
• Via additional plugin you can enable displaying contour lines and hill-shading

Walking, hiking, city tour
• The map shows you walking and hiking paths
• Wikipedia in your preferred language can tell you a lot during a city tour
• Public transport stops (bus, tram, train), including line names, help to navigate in a new city
• GPS navigation in pedestrian mode builds your route using walking paths
• You can upload and follow a GPX route or record and share your own

Contribute to OSM
• Report data bugs
• Upload GPX tracks to OSM directly from the app
• Add POIs and directly upload them to OSM (or later if offline)

OsmAnd is open-source and actively being developed. Everyone can contribute to the application by reporting bugs, improving translations or coding new features. The project is in a lively state of continuous improvement by all these forms of developer and user interaction. The project progress also relies on financial contributions to fund coding and testing of new functionalities.

Approximate map coverage and quality:
• Western Europe: ****
• Eastern Europe: ***
• Russia: ***
• North America: ***
• South America: **
• Asia: **
• Japan & Korea: ***
• Middle East: **
• Africa: **
• Antarctica: *

Most countries around the globe are available for download!
Get a reliable navigator in your country - be it France, Germany, Mexico, UK, Spain, Netherlands, USA, Russia, Brazil or any other.
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24 Comments
It appears to be £1.89 on Amazon appstore.
Original Poster
Simon.Wallace

It appears to be £1.89 on Amazon appstore.


Good spot although I would probably pay the extra pound to avoid the rigmarole that is the update process for Amazon's appstore.
Sorry what am I missing, why is this app better than Google maps?
TR7_Driver

Sorry what am I missing, why is this app better than Google maps?


Good question.
Cos it's offline, in case you can't get a data connection
Original Poster
TR7_Driver

Sorry what am I missing, why is this app better than Google maps?


GPX tracking, layers, off road, offline maps for whole countries. If you leave your data on all the time and just want simple navigation there are many better apps out there. If you want something that is more flexible, can be used offline and don't mind spending some time getting to grips with it, this blows Google maps out of the water.
HERE is a good (free) navigation app that you can use it offline. It has been really good for me over the last few years, I can't fault it
I've used this for a long time. If people want to support the development by getting the paid app, that's great -- however, though the free version is limited to 10 downloads it is very easy to download more maps via the OsmAnd website (see download.osmand.net/raw…es/ ) and copy them onto the device. I have travelled widely with it, in Europe and Asia, and I still have 7 of my 10 downloads left:-)

It is a stable app and does what it says on the tin.
dwl99

GPX tracking, layers, off road, offline maps for whole countries. If you … GPX tracking, layers, off road, offline maps for whole countries. If you leave your data on all the time and just want simple navigation there are many better apps out there. If you want something that is more flexible, can be used offline and don't mind spending some time getting to grips with it, this blows Google maps out of the water.



Also, free monthly updates to the maps from openstreetmaps data (hence OSM). Meaning you can actually fix whatever you see (or can't) on the map. Be it a barn you use for orientation on the field, footpaths through the woods, turn restrictions, opening hours for shops, speed limit changes, turn lanes. No need to hope Google (or Apple) will get it right the next time, sometime soon.
I've used MM Tracker for biking and walking for years, sadly it's no longer supported and it doesn't work on Android 7 (Nougat). I downloaded this last time it was on offer and started to use it about a month ago, it's brilliant. I had a few usability problems so I emailed the developer and he responded within hours, so support is excellent. It seems to have all the features that MM Tracker has and more. Well worth the purchase price IMHO.
golf_r32

Cos it's offline, in case you can't get a data connection



Google maps has an offline mode as well.
shalton

HERE is a good (free) navigation app that you can use it offline. It has … HERE is a good (free) navigation app that you can use it offline. It has been really good for me over the last few years, I can't fault it



​agreed. great free app.
shalton

HERE is a good (free) navigation app that you can use it offline. It has … HERE is a good (free) navigation app that you can use it offline. It has been really good for me over the last few years, I can't fault it



​Agreed. I've tried lots of different apps, but always come back to Here.
Am i able to download this to both phone and tablet using the same google account, or do I have to purchase it for both? Thanks
hi guys..
any of the navigation apps have the speed for each road.... and maybe even speed camera warnings ( less important , as I just want to ensure I am driving legally in the first case), also it's not always clear what the speed should be and there can be signs ( sometimes obscured) to modify the speed limit.
cheers
Bought this when it was 10p Googles app of the week great app love it for hiking mostly, never used it for driving tho
i use Google maps offline for free with their sat nav app google driving - used to use here before that for free also

Edited by: "mrspatch" 1st May 2017
hammertime1981

Google maps has an offline mode as well.



​Yep it does, as long as you download in advance. However if you lose signal in the middle of nowhere this app is a useful backup.
D'oh! Got this one full price just last week.
polarbaba

hi guys..any of the navigation apps have the speed for each road.... and … hi guys..any of the navigation apps have the speed for each road.... and maybe even speed camera warnings ( less important , as I just want to ensure I am driving legally in the first case), also it's not always clear what the speed should be and there can be signs ( sometimes obscured) to modify the speed limit.cheers

Tom Tom does, use it on my Android car stereo
golf_r32

​Yep it does, as long as you download in advance. However if you lose s … ​Yep it does, as long as you download in advance. However if you lose signal in the middle of nowhere this app is a useful backup.



​youd have to download these maps in advance too. what do you mean loss of signal re google maps (if you're using it offline the only thing you could lose is gps signal - in which case it would have same affect on osm app?)
golf_r32

​Yep it does, as long as you download in advance. However if you lose s … ​Yep it does, as long as you download in advance. However if you lose signal in the middle of nowhere this app is a useful backup.



​youd have to download these maps in advance too. what do you mean loss of signal re google maps (if you're using it offline the only thing you could lose is gps signal - in which case it would have same affect on osm app?)
polarbaba

hi guys..any of the navigation apps have the speed for each road.... and … hi guys..any of the navigation apps have the speed for each road.... and maybe even speed camera warnings ( less important , as I just want to ensure I am driving legally in the first case), also it's not always clear what the speed should be and there can be signs ( sometimes obscured) to modify the speed limit.cheers



Here Maps has speed limit warnings, and it's free. It bleeps when you pass a speed limit sign (and is unbelievably precise), and bleeps if you exceed the speed limit. You download maps for whatever country you want to use it in, so it's great for travelling. It works perfectly well without optional data connection, so no costly data charges when abroad.
Edited by: "fuiseog" 2nd May 2017
I used "here" on and off occasionally. stuck to Google maps for my daily use due to traffic updates modifying my journey much much better. this is especially Important for my commutes.
I did like here however it was ages ago when I last used it.
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