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Top 5 Best Driving Apps for Android with Maps, Directions & Navigation

When you’re travelling to a different part of the world in an adventure, you won’t need navigation, but a direction map. Though, if you’re a type of traveller that likes to go on an adventure on your vehicle, then you need a set of apps for your navigation needs. While many people would rely on the Google Maps, which is the most popular app for Maps, there are many other applications out there that offers you more features than that. Here is the list of top five best Android apps with maps, direction, and navigation.

Google Maps

Google Maps

But let’s first talk about Google Maps, as it is the most popular app for mapping and navigation across the world. It comes preloaded with all the Android devices except the devices sold in China. The app gives you the voice-based turn-by-turn navigation. Comparing to the other app in the Play Store, it gives various information along with the directions and navigations. As earlier said, Google Maps provides live traffic information along with public transportation from over 15,000 towns and cities. Street View and Indoor Mapping are the best features of the app, where the users can get the real view of the location. Recently Google allowed saving the cache of a particular location, but it’s not on par with offline mapping and navigation set-up yet.

Price: Free

Download: Google Play Store

Here Maps

Here Maps

Here Maps by Nokia is the next best app after Google Maps; it can work without a mobile data connection, which is a fascinating feature. In 2014, Nokia released the app for Android OS. The app offers voice-guided navigation and live traffic information of over 40 countries.

Information about nearby places, banks, stores are available on the maps as well. The 3D view of buildings is added in the latest update. The information about the public transport system according to location is also bundled within the app.

Price: Free

Download: Google Play Store

Waze Social GPS Maps & Traffic

Waze Social GPS Maps & Traffic

Acquired by the Google, Waze, is a standalone app designed to offer the real-time traffic updates to your smartphone. The app mostly based on the updates from its community. It provides the most accurate traffic information as the community frequently updates it. The app also provides the information of the stations with cheap fuel prices on your way. You can share the ETA or the real time location with others users of the app. The users of the app can report information about traffic jams, accidents, and police. For editing places and commenting, you need to register with your mobile number, making sure that a real person is contributing.

Price: Free

Download: Google Play Store

MAPS.ME –Offline Map & Routing

MAPS.ME –Offline Map & Routing

The app allows the offline satellite navigation through the smartphone GPS. The usage of internet in this app is very minimal, and by compressing data of the directions and navigations results in using least amount of internet data. The Pro features of the app are now free to use as the developers recently made it all free. The users can bookmark the places where they repeatedly visit, so they can access them quickly while searching the directions for that same places. It also offers routing, on the basis of your GPS location tracked by the network, which makes this your best travel companion. Moreover, the auto-follow mode feature on the app when enabled, would allow the app orient itself to your direction without you being manually opening the app. So, that the app would be aware of your location every-time.

Price: Free

Download: Google Play Store

GPS Navigation & Maps Sygic

GPS Navigation & Maps Sygic

The navigation app from Sygic provides the directions and navigations without using the internet. Once you installed the app, you can download the map of your required location. The map gives you a 3D view of the buildings and voice-guided navigation in different languages. The app uses the GPS of the smartphone to locate the exact location and gives an accurate information. The app can integrate to your cars audio via Bluetooth. It provides the useful information nearby to your location like restaurants, shops, parking and much more. Additionally, you can also get features like Blackbox Recording, Head-up display (projecting navigation on the wind-shield) via in-app purchases.

Price: Free

Download: Google Play Store

By Vishal Toshiwal on Thursday 11th of Jun 2015


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