Lost and Found With Your Android GPS
You can go home again with these Android GPS apps.
Whether you’re navigating downtown streets of an unfamiliar city or reconnecting with nature on the hiking trail, there’s nothing quite as stressful as getting lost. Just how stressful, though, depends on the situation. Sure, trying to figure out whether that hip restaurant is two more blocks away or four can be a pain. On the other hand, getting lost during a solo hike through the mountains and running low on supplies could send a person into near panic. Luckily, most Android devices come equipped with built-in navigation. And with the right GPS app, such as VZ Navigator®, your smartphone can be your personal navigator.
Whether you’re planning a cross-country road trip or just heading downtown for a quick bite, it’s hard to beat Android’s default GPS software. Google Maps is bursting at the seams with useful features, including Street View, turn-by-turn navigation, points of interest, voice search and layer support for additional options like satellite views, terrain, bike/hiking paths and up-to-the-minute traffic information.
After searching for a destination via text or voice, Google Maps offers routes to get you there by car, public transit, walking or biking. The app plots your best route, presented in list form or voice-guided turn-by-turn navigation.
Clearly your Android device offers a lot of navigation help right out of the box. For even more GPS functions, consider adding Navmii’s Navfree apps. Like Google Maps, Navfree features an easy-to-use interface, voice-guided and onscreen navigation, automatic rerouting and searchable points of interest. What makes Navfree shine, though, is its use of open-source data from OpenStreetMap. Navfree maps are available as free downloads and are stored directly on your device. This allows users to browse maps anytime and anywhere, without the need for a data connection. That’s just perfect for those times when you’re travelling abroad or you simply slip into a remote area without coverage.
BackCountry Navigator PRO
While some people are perfectly content to explore the urban jungle, some of us crave adventures far off the beaten path. That’s where CritterMap Software’s BackCountry Navigator PRO comes in. This app turns your Android tablet or smartphone into an off-road necessity, using downloadable topographical maps to aid in just about any outdoor activity you can think of. And since the maps are stored on your device, you don’t need to worry about picking up a cell signal. Whether you’re a hunter, camper or just a weekend warrior, BackCountry PRO’s library of downloadable maps will make sure you not only find the perfect spot, but also that you find your way back home safe and sound.
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