OsmAnd+ Maps and Navigation

Discussion in 'GPS Use, Tracks & Maps Discussion' started by brian_bkk, Jul 20, 2013.

  1. brian_bkk

    brian_bkk Ol'Timer

    This is quite handy to have on your Android phone or Android tablet.


    You can download from Google Play on to your Android device.

    The free version allows so many free map downloads before you need to pay
    243 Baht is not really to unreasonable.

    Rating 4.5 out of 5


    Blurb from Google Play below

    OsmAnd+ (OSM Automated Navigation Directions) is a map and navigation application with access to the free, worldwide, and high-quality OpenStreetMap (OSM) data. All map data can be stored on your device's memory card for offline use. Via your device's GPS, OsmAnd offers routing, with optical and voice guidance, for car, bike, and pedestrian. All the main functionalities work both online and offline (no internet needed).
    OsmAnd+ is the paid application version. By buying it you support the project, fund the development of new features, and receive the latest updates.
    Some of the main features:
    • Works online (fast) or offline (no roaming charges when you are abroad)
    • Turn-by-turn voice guidance (recorded and synthesized voices)
    • Optional lane guidance, street name display, and estimated time of arrival
    • Supports intermediate points on your itinerary
    • Automatic re-routing whenever you deviate from the route
    • Search for places by address, by type (e.g.: restaurant, hotel, gas station, museum), or by geographical coordinates
    Map Viewing
    • Display your position and orientation on the map
    • Optionally align the map according to compass or your direction of motion
    • Save your most important places as Favorites
    • Display POIs (point of interests) around you
    • Can display specialized online tile maps
    • Can display satellite view (from Bing)
    • Can display different overlays like touring/navigation GPX tracks and additional maps with customizable transparency
    • Optionally display place names in English, local, or phonetic spelling
    Use OpenStreetMap and Wikipedia Data
    • High quality information from the best collaborative projects of the world
    • Global maps from OpenStreetMap, available per country or region
    • Wikipedia POIs, great for sightseeing
    • Unlimited free download, directly from the app
    • Always up-to-date maps (updated at least once a month)
    • Compact offline vector maps
    • Select between complete map data and just road network (Example: All of Japan is 700 MB, or 200 MB for the road network only)
    • Also supports online or cached tile maps
    Safety Features
    • Optional automated day/night view switching
    • Optional speed limit display, with reminder if you exceed it
    • Optional speed-dependent map zooming
    • Share your location so that your friends can find you
    Bicycle and Pedestrian Features
    • The maps include foot, hiking, and bike paths, great for outdoor activities
    • Special routing and display modes for bike and pedestrian
    • Optional public transport stops (bus, tram, train) including line names
    • Optional trip recording to local GPX file or online service
    • Optional speed and altitude display
    • Display of contour lines and hill-shading (via additional plugin)
    Directly Contribute to OpenStreetMap
    • Report map bugs
    • Upload GPX tracks to OSM directly from the app
    • Add POIs and directly upload them to OSM (or later if offline)
    • Optional trip recording also in background mode (while device is in sleep mode)
    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 the development, 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 available as map downloads!
    From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe,from Australia to the USA. Argentina, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Mexico, UK, Spain, ...
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  3. jacksode

    jacksode Member

    Thanks for posting that, I just downloaded it with the Thailand map, navigation voice overs seem good as does the map. The caching of offline maps is really useful for when there is no cell coverage.
  4. mikehohman

    mikehohman Ol'Timer

    This app is GREAT! I might never buy another Garmin again. Oh happy day...
  5. TonyBKK

    TonyBKK Ol'Timer

    +1 for OSMand!

    Silly me I forgot to install Canada maps on my Garmin Montana, and once you're on the road you're outta luck unless you have access to a computer with which to download and install additional maps.

    But with a smart phone and a free WiFi connection at a Subway in Wawa, Ontario I downloaded and installed Ontario and Quebec maps onto my Sony Xperia V and can navigate perfectly!

    OSMand has some features I really like! Adding waypoints is far easier and more intuitive on OSMand than on the clunky Garmin interface. The OSMand display is super easy to modify and customize.

    Discovered today that the OSMand app knows posted speed limits and warns you when you are speeding! Who cares in Thailand, right? ;) But here in Canada that's a super handy feature!!

    Nothing is perfect of course- the App sucks battery like you wouldn't believe, especially since you need to set your screen on "full bright" for daytime navigation on a motorcycle. So, you must have a charger hooked up to your phone which means, if you have a waterproof phone like the newer Samsungs and Sonys, your setup is no longer waterproof... For folks looking for car GPS this is not a concern.

    OSMand is FREE and allows you to download and install 10 maps. If you need more maps you must upgrade to the paid version. I have, and it's worth every cent! :thumbup:

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