Do you want to change your android device into a navigational tool? If you are one of the Android users who don’t find the default map app sufficient, there are a lot of cool and feature-packed GPS navigation apps waiting for you at the Google Play Store. Thanks to the creative developers behind these free and paid apps, driving and traveling nowadays won’t be as difficult and problematic. If only Alice in Wonderland had an Android phone!
Combine these apps with GPS apps for cyclists and best compass apps and there is no where you can’t drive or run to! I’m aware that some of the apps come with a paid version too. However for basic navigational needs, you won’t have to spend a fortune.
Note: All of the apps in the 10 most reliable Android GPS Navigation list were tested on a Samsung Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 3 smartphones. The apps were tested on both WiFi and 3G internet connections. Some apps require constant internet connection to deliver accurate information. All the apps ran fine and there were no technical issues faced during testing.
This navigation app has priority access to high quality OpenStreetMap data that can be stored in your device for offline use. The apps allows you to dictate instructions with your voice, making it an ideal road trip companion. Turn by turn navigation gets you to your destination with ease and comfort.
The paid version of this great app is also available on the Google Play Store. Rather than limiting the features on the free version, the developers decided to give latest updates and features to the paying customers first. So technically you will only be offering aid and help to the developers by purchasing the paid version. Other than that, all the features are already present in the free app.Show Downloads
MapFactor: GPS Navigation may be just another Android Navigation App to some, but what makes it extra special is that you can hear audible warnings when you approach speed cameras. And its GPS satellite navigation is available in 2D and 3D modes.
Day and night switching and voice guidance makes this free app a valuable addition to your smartphone. Quick search feature allows you to do instant searches for the nearest points of interest. Map Factor is truly a free app (with ads of course) and gives you access to some of the best features found on GPS Navigation apps.Show Downloads
Waze Social GPS
Waze is an app that successfully converges social networking with traffic navigation. Every user has an avatar. If you are new to Waze, your avatar will start as a baby and can be customized eventually while using the app.
It provides relevant information that you may look for, such as hospitals, schools, police, groceries and a lot more. It also shows traffic jams, transportation stops, parking and other useful information. You can find other Waze locations in the map. Just look for their avatar. Some people may find Waze’s ability to show your exact location to other users uncomfortable.Show Downloads
BackCountry Navigator Pro GPS enables users to navigate outdoors beyond paved roads and streets. This is recommended for outdoor activities like hiking and kayaking. You can explore the wild using your handy Android device. The trial is for 21 days only.
The paid version has no time restriction and can be used whenever you want. If you like the demo of the app, this is the way to go.Show Downloads
Google Maps is perhaps the most recognizable and popular Android GPS Navigation App, as shown by its half a billion users worldwide. It is also considered the standard in the field of mobile navigation apps.
Even Apple recommended it as an alternative to its own mapping system. Users will surely enjoy its user-friendly interface. Plus it can be switched to different views, from satellite to the ordinary map view. It is not confusing to use unlike other navigation apps.Show Downloads
Polaris Navigation GPS
Polaris is one of the newest GPS navigation apps on the Google Play store, but it has managed to capture our attention with its sleek and stylish interface. This app is the best Android GPS Navigation app when it comes to style and utility. The app even works without the need of a constant internet connection.Read our detailed review on Polaris Navigation GPSShow Downloads
GPS Navigation by Sygic
Sygic is the most downloaded offline road GPS navigation app in Google Play. It has 160+ downloadable maps of different countries and states. With over 30 million downloads globally, it has proven to be a trusted and reliable GPS navigation app by users all over the world.
The app gives free access to most of the features, but if you want traffic service, navigation instructions from Homer Simpson and Head Up Display, you will need to purchase them individually within the app.Show Downloads
Maverick: GPS Navigation
Maverick: GPS Navigation is a detailed and easy to use navigation app. You can use this versatile app offline, which is great if you hike to places where Internet connection is poor or non-existent.
The map is accurate and automatically caches for offline use, which is really handy. It offers similar features like others but what’s good about Maverick is that you can navigate it easily. Your tracks can be recorded in just a single tap and you can upload it to GPSies.Show Downloads
MapQuest: Maps, GPS & Traffic offers an array of unique options and features. You can speak to your Android device for searching places and destinations. With this hands free input, you can focus on your driving.
The map itself is highly precise, and you don’t have to worry about getting lost. Information regarding road incidents and traffic flow is updated every 5 minutes. This app can also provide updated gas prices. With a review rating of 4.2 in Google Play, as of this article, MapQuest is currently used by over a million people.Show Downloads
Wisepilot claims that they are the most outstanding and efficient award-winning navigation app. I think there’s clout to this claim. However, the downside is users have to pay to enjoy its wide range of features.
The premium features of the app are hidden behind In App Purchases. The features are all separated so you can purchase only what you need, making the IAPs seem a little reasonable.Show Downloads
Polaris Navigation GPS is an odd app; the good kind of odd, though. The main screen of this app will turn off a lot of potential users. It was overwhelming for me too at first.I would have benefited a lot if I had actually learned to navigate using just the compass, but I’m a pretty lazy guy, and I chose to ignore that. But I have seen my uncle use this app like a real pro, and he uses a real map with it as well.
I’m not a very outdoor person, but I can see myself using this app time and time again. If you’re looking to go on a wilderness expedition with your mates, Polaris Navigation GPS is the one app you should take.
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