Osmand (Open Street Maps Android)
Osmand is opensource navigation application with access to a wide source of popular open street map data. All map data including vector and raster maps can be stored on the phone memory card for offline usage. Osmand also has online routing and audible guidance.
Some of the core features:
– offline data, configurable folder for the maps and tiles
– compact vector maps for whole world
– offline search of addresses and places
– custom tile map area download
– pedestrian, bicycle and car modes
– many map layers with customized transparency at a time
– offline routing for short distance (experimental)
– Galaxy Tab supported
Limitations of Osmand Free:
– number of map downloads
– no access to Wikipedia offline POIs
OsmAnd is still in active development and relies on “donations” based support to further develop the project.
It seems a very long-winded process to search for, say, a postcode. Other mapping programs just present a simple text entry box, and I’m totally confused as to what I’m supposed to do on Osmand. Also, Where Am I has now sprouted an intermediate menu ‘show details/location’. This is unhelpful as I find I have to keep pressing this all the time, as the tracking of current position seems to come unstuck for no reason.
Worked really well round Europe with downloaded maps. Some colour issues and. Ram problems tho
You can download areas in the US by states and then search for poi by name, address, etc-all offline. Works great and is simple to use.
Simply the best android navigator(offline). I couldn’t finany app better than this. Fast and Full of details. Please fix compass on portrait mode. (Galaxy Tab 7 Plus).
This app worked great in Germany and Spain for walking. Especially great for the tight complicated streets of Barcelona’s gothic quarter. No turn by turn directions, but it gives an arrow to point your way with only GPS. Make sore you download your maps before you leave your coverage area.
I t think this is one of the best softwares for Android ever. It is hugely convenient that you can switch on the fly between different types of maps, in addition to the fact that you can switch between on-line and off-line maps. The rendering is quite fast too. After all that praise, here comes my wishlist: – A visible button to add GPX waypoints. Currently, one has to click on the location and the long click again until the waypoint add dialogue appears, which is not very useful for tracking annotations in a moving car. -A simpler dialogue to show tracks. -Showing GPX annotations on the map, after all what’s the point of annotating if you cannot see what you wrote?
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