One of the most useful things introduced by the Android revolution was perhaps the navigation apps. By simply downloading these fascinating and ever so resourceful apps to your phone, you no longer require dozens of tiny bits of instructional papers stuffed in your pocket to help you reach your destination.
Here is a comprehensive list of the top five android navigational apps to help you choose one that best caters to your individual needs.
CoPilot Live Premium
Stated as “the best blend of features, performance and cost” by Engadget, CoPilot stands out as the number one paid GPS navigation app for androids, in over more than 25 countries. Its latest version has a totally revamped UI allowing easy access to the frequently used features.
The CoPilot offers its users a choice between three different routes thus allowing you to choose one that’s the most convenient for you in terms of traffic, time of the day and your own individual preferences while at the same time allowing you to navigate to a full post code, house number, address book contact or even a photo.
Moreover, if you want to avoid any specific route for any particular reason, you can also re-route by simply dragging the onscreen route to a different location. According to the Pc Pro, “CoPilot’s broad selection of features, excellent mapping and reasonable price make it the best choice for Android, just ahead of other rivals”
The latest version of the CoPilot also allows you to opt between 3D or 2D maps, or a directions-only navigation view, and there’s also a new walking mode to help you find your way around when on foot.
The app is also integrated with social networking platforms like face book places and twitter updates allowing you to share your journey details and keep in touch with your friends. Read the full review and presentation here :Copilot premium for Android .
Like the name suggests, Navigon allows your smart phone to turn into a fully functional navigation system with 2D or a 3D Google street view of your intended destinations. Moreover, this paid navigation app not just provides you with a standard, run off the mill solution but also recommends the best route with its NAVIGON MyRoutes along with two further optional routes.
Also the new and improved Lane Assistant Pro, Reality View Light and Clever Parking are quite helpful in situations where the traffic starts to get chaotic. Some of Navigon’s most prominent features include:
+ Google Street View – destination preview (where available)
+ Lane assistant / Active Lane assistant (requires android 2.2 or higher)
+ Bluetooth support (requires android 2.2 or higher)
+ NAVION Latest Map Guarantee
+ Google Local Search
+ Foursquare log-in at destination
+ Glympse: Send your position information to selected users
+ Safety Cameras (permanently installed cameras)
+ Reality View Pro
+ Speed Assistant
+ NAVIGON Reality Scanner
+ NAVIGON MyRoutes
+ Text-to-Speech and precise spoken announcements
+ Different English accents + Last Mile – can save automatically your car’s position and switches to pedestrian- resp.public transport mode* for walking of the last mile
+ Extended Pedestrian Navigation/Destination entry with coordinates +Public transport mode is available only when in-app “Urban guidance” has been purchased
+ NAVTEQ map material for 44 countries of Europe
+ Urban Guidance – navigate in many European urban areas using public transport**
+ Panorama View 3D
+ NAVIGON FreshMaps XL
+ NAVIGON cockpit
+ POI all-in-one (extra POI package)
+ Mobile Alert Live – a new MOBILE danger zone service
+ NAVIGON LPG and Bio-Diesel filling stations
There is also a Navigon gps app for iPhone presented HERE .
Crossing the benchmark of over 20,000,000 downloads over the past six years, Sygic Aura is one of most downloaded offline navigation app for androids.
The Sygic Aura offers a turn by turn voice guided navigation using a 3D acceleration technique. So whether you are driving or walking, this application greets you with a beautifully rendered map of the area along with detailed 3D representations of the landmarks around you thus making the app even more user friendly.
On the downside the Sygic Aura requires you to download the application along with the map of the area you reside in, which might take up quite a bit of your storage space. But rest assured, the loss of the space on your phone is definitely worth the while.
Also you can check the Sygic gps app for iPhone .
Route 66; yet another popular GPS-based mapping and navigation app along with Follow Me™ augmented reality navigation is a highly recommended paid app for your smart phone.
As compared to others, With its powerful 3D map rendering and complete hardware acceleration, Route 66 compete with instant access to over 100 up to date maps (from top rated suppliers)thus allowing users to browse different maps, search, calculate and even simulate routes all completely free of charge. Thus with Route 66, you can now tap at any point on the map and start route calculation straight away while at the same time having the liberty to switch between day and night modes .
The GPS essentials or more commonly referred to as “the Swiss Army Knife of GPS navigation” by many is a software that uses the Google Maps platforms along with a multitude of other measures and markers which can be easily placed together on your dashboards alongside the Google Maps.It was chosen by many as : the best outdoors app available.
Some of the common features included here are altimeters; latitude and longitude figures; times of moon and sun rise and set; an AR mode; compass; speed, pace and distance measures and even charts that track these variables over time.
Moreover what I personally felt enticing about this particular app is that it allows you to not only add pictures to your travel but also provides waypoints hence following the course of satellites.
However, the only downside to this app is that there is no offline maps available, hence you need to stay connected if you’re looking to follow a specific path.
Also,you can read about the 5 best apps that could help you find your lost or stolen smartphone .