Skip to content

aToaD #9: OsmAnd (and some other things)

Offline maps for Android/Cyanogenmod

It took me a while to finally get a proper “smart”phone. The main reason for that was that I wanted it to have some real features and power, not just to be some kind of pumped up cell phone, at a reasonable price (600€ for a phone, seriously?). And the other reason was that I had a feeling I’d miss Nokia Maps from my previous phone. I really didn’t want to turn to Google Maps. Or actually, to any other online map service, since mobile internet speed is usually quite abysmal. After a bit of searching, I found that quite a few apps provide offline maps abilities, although they are usually limited in their Free version. I haven’t given them a lot of tries, so maybe my pick will change, but for the moment my personal favorite would be OsmAnd, for the following main reasons:
– open source (not gratis, though: the free version is limited to 10 files, I guess this means 10 countries simultaneously installed)
– based on OpenStreetMap data
– can be downloaded without going to some horrible app store in general or to the Google Play store in particular
– offers both a “standard” map view and GPS guidance views distinctly designed for car, bike and pedestrians

In my search, I first found MapsWithMe, which is a close source equivalent but without the GPS guidance mode. The interesting thing with this one isn’t about the software itself but about the downloads they offer: they list a fairly large amount of app stores, among which SlideME, which is one of the rare of its kind to offer manual downloads from a PC browser (the only other I know for the moment is F-Droid, which only lists open source apps).

Posted in A Tool A Day.

0 Responses

Stay in touch with the conversation, subscribe to the RSS feed for comments on this post.

Some HTML is OK

or, reply to this post via trackback.

Sorry about the CAPTCHA that requires JS. If you really don't want to enable JS and still want to comment, you can send me your comment via e-mail and I'll post it for you.

Please solve the CAPTCHA below in order to fight spamWordPress CAPTCHA