Most of you have heard of Google Maps and Waze, and you know those are navigation services, for which Android apps are available. There are quite a few more navigations apps available for Android, though, and some of them are really, really good.
Some of you probably heard of more than two navigation apps for Android, but in the list down below, we’ll share our top 10 navigation applications that are available for Android, just in case you need something different from the most popular ones out there.
Before you begin scrolling, please do note that these apps are not listed in any specific order, we’ve just selected our favorites, and listed them down below, not paying attention to the order (on purpose). Do note that some of these services are not fully free, though.
Google Maps is the most popular app from this list, without a doubt. This is Google’s very own application, and for most people, the very best choice when it comes to navigation. The design of the app is great, and the app comes with over 220 countries and territories mapped. You can get real-time traffic information here, and download portions of the map for offline use. Navigation for walking is also available, while public transportation information is also a part of the offering. This app has plenty more to offer.
HERE WeGo is an app that was once known as Nokia HERE Maps, and it’s as good as it has ever been. The design of this app is great, and the app allows you to download whole countries, so that you can navigate them offline, and not think of Internet access. This app even offers you a chance to book a taxi, while over 100 countries are mapped here. The app offers public transit information for over 1,300 cities around the world, and that’s only a piece of what this app has to offer.
Waze, as most of you know, got acquired by Google a while back, and this is an excellent solution for navigation. Waze will keep you informed on traffic, construction, police, crashes, and more, all in real-time Waze will adapt your path based on the road ahead, so that you can avoid traffic, for example. This app also allows you to find the cheapest offers on gas, and it comes with full Android Auto support.
Polaris GPS Navigation
Polaris is a great option for offroad navigation, in case you need a companion while hiking, or whatever else you’re doing in the wild. This app will transform your phone into a powerful GPS tool, essentially. This app comes with a trail recorder, and it can serve you as a fishing GPS as well. The same can be said for hunting, as it will help you find a great hunting blind, and your way back as well.
TomTom GPS Navigation
TomTom is a rather well-known navigation service as well, that most of you have heard of at some point. This app offers downloadable maps, offline routes, precise live traffic and speed camera alerts, and so on. Over 150 countries are mapped by TomTom, and the app brings Advanced Lane Guidance as well. The design of the app is quite functional, and you are getting 75km of free GPS navigation each month, while you can purchase a 1-month or 1-year subscription for unlimited kilometers.
MAPS.ME is also a fairly popular app for navigation, and it’s quite good. You can use this app offline, while the service is completely free. You can use this app while driving, walking, or cycling, it’s up to you. The app even helps you plan your trip, while there are plenty of details listed in MAPS.ME maps. Maps are updated by millions of OpenStreetMap contributors on a daily basis, so everything should be fairly up-to-date.
Sygic GPS Navigation
Sygic is a navigation app which is used by over 200 million drivers worldwide. Offline 3D maps are stored on your phone, so that you can use the app offline as well. Sygic updates its maps multiple times per year, and everything is free. Voice-guided navigation is available here, while there are millions of POIs available in the app. Pedestrian GPS navigation with walking directions and tourist attractions is also available here, by the way.
MapFactor brings navigation powered by OpenStreetMaps, and offline maps are included in the package. These maps are updated on a monthly basis, and you can use the offline maps feature in over 200 countries. Turn-by-turn navigation is available, as in many other navigation maps, and you can choose between 2D and 3D modes. Day/night map mode is also available here, while the car, bus, truck, pedestrian, and bicycle routing modes are also available.
Karta brings a rather compelling navigation system on your Android phone. You can download maps for offline use, while traffic info is included here. The app can also notify you when you’re approaching a speed-controlled zone, while you will get suggestions regarding restaurants, shopping, monuments, and much more in this app. Voice search function is available in Karta, and the same goes for lane assistance.
OsmAnd is an offline navigation application, which can be a great choice if you know you’ll have a spotty Internet connection, or no connection at all. There is an online mode included here, though, and the app will work better if you use it, of course. Lane guidance, street names, and the estimated time of arrival are all included on the UI, while you can select different modes for cycling routes if you want. The app will also display POIs (Points of Interest) to you, and so on.