Driving beyond speed limits is by no means recommended. After all, speed limits are there for your own safety and safety of other drivers.
However, if you are driving in a new city, you might accidentally miss the road sign and get fined. That’s where radar detector apps for Android come in.
Radar detector apps are constantly updated with fresh info and can help you a lot while driving. It’s even better if you use them with Android Auto.
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Best Radar Detector Apps for Android
There are many radar detector apps available for download. However, not all of those are worth your time. Some are just not performing well.
We have tested and reviewed the best radar detector apps for Android that you should definitely try out.
Speed Camera Radar
This app is designed specially to detect different cameras on the road, such as speed cameras, red light cameras, and so on. With the latest update, all the countries in the world are supported.
The app is nicely designed, and you also have a night-mode feature. Besides that, you have a Map and Radar view mode, which require no internet to render data.
The map has an auto zoom and rotation as you drive, and also shows your current speed on the dashboard. It supports voice alerts, and can also work in the background if you want to use other apps.
The database is updated almost every day.
According to its developers, Cobra iRadar is the world’s largest community-based radar detection system. It allows you to receive and share radars from other iRadar users.
For the finest experience, you can purchase the Cobra iRadar device on their website. The app also shows you the exact position on the radar – whether it’s on the left or on the right side of the road, behind you, or on some side road.
Of course, the app offers voice alerts.
Escort Live Radar
This app has already claimed a few awards for its design and functionality. Since the awards are from 2012, the actual interface is pretty intuitive but looks a little bit old-timey.
Of course, the app supports compass, vehicle speed limit, colored warnings, and voice notifications. You can also mark a potential threat on the map and receive a notification every time you get near.
The app offers a subscription in order to get access to premium features. The subscriptions fees are $4.99 monthly or $49.99 per year.
If you have no problem with the interface looking a bit old, this might be a perfect app for you.
A free version of this app has over 10 million downloads on Play Store, which grants for its functionality. You can also buy a pro version for a few dollars, which will grant you access to some premium features.
Radarbot will warn you about all kinds of cameras, including traffic light cameras, ANPR cameras, and even tunnel cameras. When you enter a dangerous traffic area, you will also get notified.
The interface is simple and functional, and you can choose between 4 different themes. The app also includes a vibration warning for motorcyclists.
You can get the free version of Radarbot by clicking the button below:
If you want to buy a pro version, you can get it from the following link:
Besides being a GPS app, Waze is also a great radar detector app. It works pretty well and will never leave you disappointed.
All the data is streamed in real time, including information about accidents, hazards, etc. It can also locate speed cameras, law enforcement officers and police radar locations.
The app will give you alerts about traffic and even preferred routes, which work pretty well. It’s a battery efficient app, compared to many similar apps. You can even listen to music directly from the app, allowing you to use GPS at the same time.
If you want to save up on the gas, you can let Waze find the cheapest gas along your route. The app supports Android Auto, which allows you to see the app on your car’s dashboard.
What we like the most about this app is its interface – plain, smooth and nicely colored. All the details are big enough for you to see while driving.
The actual functionality of the app is similar to the apps above. Radar Beep will also show you the exact distance to the radar and the speed of your car.
You can configure auto-start feature via Bluetooth. The app will start automatically when the phone connects to a car’s Bluetooth. Once you turn the car off, the app will turn off automatically.
More than 15 languages are supported.
- Do I need an internet connection to use these apps?
- For most of these apps, you won’t need an internet connection, because the maps will be downloaded when you install the app. However, GPS (location) must be enabled.
- What is the difference between Radar detector devices and apps?
- Most of the apps can show radar positions based on data that other users upload. Although it is very precise, it can’t replace the actual Radar detector device, which detects police radars on its own.
- Are we allowed to use radar detector apps?
- The act of using radar detector apps is not illegal. However, in most countries, it is illegal to use a mobile phone while driving. In some countries, it is against the law to have a smartphone placed or visible on the car’s dashboard. If you need the assistance of a navigation system, then we highly recommend Android Auto instead.
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We strongly advise you to use Android Auto while using any of these apps. Remember that using a mobile phone while driving is forbidden in many countries. If your car doesn’t support Android Auto, be sure to take a look at this device.
You can connect your phone to this device and use phone apps on it. Since it serves as a car dashboard, you won’t get fined. Also, it’s much easier to use than having to use a mobile phone.
So, which app is the best?
All the apps we have reviewed will perfectly serve the purpose. It only depends on what you are looking for in the app.
In our opinion, Radar Beep seems to have the best (simplest, yet nice) interface. On the other hand, Waze seems to offer the most features and the most accurate real-time data streaming. You can’t make a mistake by installing any of the apps from the list.
Also, don’t forget about Android Auto app. It will do a great job for you.
Have you used any of the apps from the list? Which one is your favorite and why? Please let us know in the comments below…