Top 6 Offline Navigation Apps
Offline navigation? Here are the top 6 applications for navigating without a network.
Top 6 Offline Navigation Apps
While leaving for a new destination, we pop on our default Google Maps and search the location where we want to get to and boom. The route estimate, timing, alternate routes, and even stops along the way- all this and more is readily available at the drop of a hat and can be accessed by anyone with a smartphone.
With navigation playing a pivotal role in transportation, military, and even development- the need for offline navigation has risen over the last few years. Travellers going to remote areas, army personnel posted in the regions that do not have proper connection, and even rescue services- all these are just a few examples of areas that require offline GPS enabled technology.
If we spoke about this a few years ago, the concept of an offline navigation system would have been a startup idea that would be blowing up, and that is because it was. Once the need was identified, it did not take long for tech giants and new companies to enter the market of offline navigation. So much so, it has become a highly competitive niche.
Here are some of the best offline navigation apps available for Android and iOS.
Maps.me- This offline navigation app is undoubtedly the best in the game. Of course, you have to download the map data first. But once that is done, this app provides excellent user experience and a great deal of information about various aspects of navigation. This data-rich app is helpful, especially if you are looking to take adventure trails and hikes!
HERE WeGo- This formerly Nokia owned app is one of the best for offline navigation. The only drawback being ads, this app provides a whole lot of information and has never failed to navigate correctly. Being the Editor’s Choice on Google Play Store, this app has garnered a large following primarily due to its easy interface and convenient usage.
CoPilot- This app provides quality information for in-car navigation but is not suitable for other modes of navigation such as walking or taking public transport. This app excels in user flexibility as it provides three routes for each transit with multiple options and excellent strategic route planning. The offline data consists of a multitude of options, including restaurants, ATMs, facilities, gas stations, and other necessities. The app has a 7-day free premium trial which consists of 3-D maps and voice navigation. The unpaid 2-D version includes visual route navigation only.
Sygic GPS and Navigation- This app is the most downloaded offline maps app in the world according to its developers. It provides a great user interface. Sygic GPS comes with information such as real-time traffic updates (online), parking assistance, local traffic laws (especially when you are in a foreign country) and SOS mode. This app is an excellent choice if you pay for premium features; the free version has basic features available that work just fine as well.
Google Maps- Everyone that uses navigation online knows of Google Maps. It has been a pioneer in navigation technology and has been a market leader for a long time. A feature that a lot of us do not know about is the availability of offline maps on the ap. The only drawback here is that maps of regions need to be downloaded so it can create an inconvenience while going long distances. Despite this, Google Maps is the most popular app for online and offline navigation throughout the world. It is easy, flexible, and ad-free!
Many apps are coming up and trying to solve foreseeable problems like offline navigation. Which is especially useful in remote areas- the sphere of geospatial technology, GIS, and remote sensing are ever expanding and do not seem to slow down soon.