The best free navigators for Android
Now all of us use an almost daily navigator to orient ourselves in a new city or to reach a specific restaurant. Speaking of which, for Android there are so many apps that perform this function – thanks to GPS and an Internet connection – however among these there are some, both in terms of accuracy and for the functions they offer.
In this guide, therefore, we will recommend six applications – for every taste – that will help you reach any destination, with any information in real time, such as accidents, speed cameras and speed limits. And while we’re on the subject of cars and navigation, here we recommend the best dash cams to buy.
- Google Maps
- Sygic GPS
- HERE WeGo
- Petal Maps
As the first “name” we can only indicate that of Google Maps, the most famous navigator in the world. The app, installed in all android devicesallows you to see the map of the whole world, as well as offering really interesting features, such as the ability to calculate the distance between the starting point and the arrival point, either on foot or by car. Also, if the path is covered by public transport, the application also tells you which type of vehicle to take (and all the relative timetables). Among other things, there is no lack of references to shops, restaurants, public offices and much more, to which the reviews published by users are also attached.
The app is free and can also be used without the internet (in this case you need to download the desired maps), warns of the presence of speed cameras, speed limits and any accidents. Finally, the use is quite simple:
- Open the application
- Enter the name of the destination in the top bar “Search here”
- Click on “Indication” (blue button)
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This free navigator, always owned by Google, is always very popular with motorists (it has over 100 million downloads on the Play Store). Completely free and above all functional, the application has a particularity, namely the ease with which to share an incident, the presence of a speed camera or any obstacle that may slow down the travel time (just click the appropriate icon at the bottom).
Unlike Maps, however, it only works with the Internet connection activatedas well as does not currently support navigation in lanes reserved for public transport, bicycles or trucks.
In any case, thanks to the real-time sharing of all this information, Waze is able to promptly communicate how long it will take you to reach the desired point. Finally, the application also provides the ability to set a default locationfor example the address of your home.
Sygic GPS Navigation & Maps
This browser, which boasts over 50 million downloads on the Play Store, includes maps signed by TomTom and by other companiesas well as offering a 3D display mode. Among his strengths, moreover, excellent voice guidance. The operating mechanisms are identical to those already seen, as are the information provided along the journey (accidents, parking tips and warnings on particularly dangerous roads).
The only “drawback” is the cost of the subscription. Although the application is free, to access all the features you need to sign up for a subscription, which includes free use for 7 days and then a annual cost of 19.99 euros.
HERE WeGo Maps and navigation
Former program Nokia, on the Google Play Store has over 10 million downloads. Among its strengths, precision, the graphical interface – always intuitive – and the various functions, rather similar to those already offered by Maps.
Operation is not far from that of any navigator:
- Enter the destination to be reached in the “Destination” field
- Press the “Directions” button
- Click on the arrow icon.
Also in this case you can use the app in offline mode. The only alleged weaknesses, according to user reviews, is represented by some difficulty in recalculating a route and in the not always precise positions of certain buildings.
It is a free application, available for Android and HarmonyOS (Huawei). It offers the typical features of a satellite navigator, even if, as claimed by several users in the reviews on the Play Store, it still has a lot to improve.
For example, in addition to some alleged critical issues with the GPS signal, some reported difficulties in following the voice guidance, especially near the crossbeams. In any case, the developers are working hard to be able to offer a valid and free alternative to the major applications, on all Google Maps.
Appreciatedinstead, navigation graphics, also available in AR and the ability to use the application without internet connection.
OsmAnd is an application based on OpenStreetMapwhich has a particularity, that is, it allows you to navigate taking into consideration the preferred roads and the dimensions of your vehicle.
In addition, it allows you to choose routes based on slopes and, among other things, records GPX tracks even without an internet connection. The application, free and available for Android, HarmonyOS, iOS and Amazon, is among the most preferred for those who love pedestrian and cycle paths. In fact, as the official website indicates, offline maps include:
- pedestrian, hiking and cycling routes
- Map display and navigation mode for bicycles and pedestrians
- Optionally displays public transport stops (bus, tram, train) including line names
- Optional trip recording to local GPX file or online service
- Optional display of speed and altitude
- Visualization of contour lines and shading of hills (via additional plug-in).