5 GPS And Navigation Apps For Android
We’ve all been lost at some point in our lives, whether metaphorically or literally. And the feeling is unpleasant, to say the least. GPS is meant to keep us from getting lost (at least on the road) and having a reliable navigation app on your phone can come in handy in more ways than one. When you car GPS malfunctions, if you are traveling in an unfamiliar city or just touring sights on your feet – knowing that you can always turn to your mobile phone for directions is a comforting thought. If only it was that easy with life!
So here they are: a selection of handy GPS apps for your Android that will help you know where you are and where you are going. From driving to hiking and running – they will give you reliable navigating information when you need it.
MapFactor may look like your average GPS navigation app, if it were not for one distinct feature – the application will give you voice notifications when you are approaching speed cameras. MapFactor is a completely free app that stores maps on your SD card and therefore requires no Internet connection and map updates are available every month. The maps themselves come in 2D and 3D and offer day and night modes, so that you can easily find your way at any time.
Waze is not just a GPS navigation app, but rather a social media network for driving. So if you are a Facebook, Instagram and Twitter user, you will feel right at home within this community-based app. Just like with most social media applications, you get an Avatar and the ability to share and get access to all sorts of information. Connecting to fellow local drivers, you will get updates on traffic status, accidents, police traps and other road news in real time. You can build a friend network, share your location updates with those waiting for you and sync with other social apps, like Facebook.
As the name suggests, BackCountry Navigator focuses on off-road mapping and does what it can to keep you on track once you are off the paved highways. The application would make an especially useful tool for hikers and everyone who is a frequent visitor to the great outdoors. Maps are available in online and offline (cache) modes, so that if your hike takes you to a remote location with no cell service – you will still have your maps handy and available.
When we think GPS, we immediately assume that you will need it for driving. MapMyRun successfully caters to the niche of those who need maps for running, jogging or walking. If you do run, you may know what a big part a good route plays in the whole experience. MapMyRun will help you manage your favourite trails, share running locations with friends and compare results, track your time, distance and calories burnt, all the while listening to your favourite jogging music. MapMyRun will stay with you as long as you need and will not be interrupted by opening other applications.
No map service is probably more recognizable or widely used as Google Maps. Featuring over half a bullion (!) users worldwide , Google Maps is the closest thing to a standard mobile GPS map service there is. As most thongs Google, the application has a simple and user-friendly interface, is easy to operate and you will not have to spend hours figuring out how the system works. So if your are looking for a simple and popular solution to your mapping needs – you have found it.
As an alternative, check out our portable GPS section here.