Before the smartphone was invented you often had to print out instructions of your computer, write them down by hand or if you were lucky and you had a GPS in your car. But nowadays everybody has a smartphone and that means that you never have to get lost anymore if you download one of those ingenious and much needed navigation apps that Android offers. If you are not sure about which app you should pick, look at this list of the 5 best Android GPS apps.
This app is great if you need to keep track of the traffic along your route. If you always seem to get stuck in traffic jams on your way to work, or you have a meeting that you need to be at in an unknown place, this app will tell you where to go and if you take a wrong turn it will also tell you and adjust the route. You can also speak your destination into your phone and search for restaurants and gas stations in this way. The app can gives routes for if you are walking or driving to your destination, but if you are driving you can also make use of the gas prices feature, because the app tells you the current gas prices at different gas stations.
GPS Essentials is sort of like Google Maps, but it has more features. It relies on Google’s mapping data. However you can not only track your routes with this app but you can also check your time, distance, moonrise, sunrise, battery temperature, turn, date, speed and target altitude. You can export KML files and import them into Google Maps and Google Earth and it has a camera HUD (head-up display) which shows your way points and you can take pictures and share them. You are probably not going to be using all the features that GPS Essentials has to offer, but it is still cool to have all the options.
Maps just may be the most popular navigation app among Android users. The app is very advanced due to the use of Google Street View.The app does not only navigate you, but you actually get to look inside restaurants, museums and other places with Street View. You can find places for any occasion (restaurant, movies theater, museum, etc) and look at reviews from friends and experts and if you sign in you can save your favorite locations, get tailored recommendations and more. Unfortunately Google Latitude retired on August 9, 2013 and is no long a part of the Google Map service. In another article we wrote you can see 5 alternatives to Google Latitude.
Another great community based GPS system that is great for people who like to outsmart traffic and hate waiting in a traffic jam. The app tracks the location of its users and then uses the information to establish a detailed and accurate image of how traffic is going. Users or Waze Social can report thing such as accidents, traffic jams, road maintenance and mistakes on the map. Although you make your location known to other users (that’s how the app works) you can choose to remain anonymous by not creating an account. The app also tells you where the cheapest gas station along your route is and you can see which Facebook friends are driving into the same direction.
Navigon is a simple navigation app that lets you use 2D and 3D Google Street View for you destinations. The app has some cool features, like it recommends the best route for you with Navigon MyRoutes. Other features are Speed Assistant, Clever Parking, Lane Assistant Pro, and other aiding elements. The app also has text-to-speech with precise spoken announcements, different English accents to choose from, map material for over 44 European countries, Panorama view in 3D, Traffic Live, and Mobile Alert Live (a mobile danger zone service).
It is hard to say which navigation app is the best one, because everyone has different preferences. If you have a job that you need to be at at a certain time, you may like Waze Social. GPS Essentials is also very cool because it is like an advanced version of Google Maps. However, the simplicity of Google Maps is also what is so good about it. In the end everyone wants something different and there is something different for everyone.