I recall reading somewhere that Garmin has a $40 app that runs like a Garmin nuvi GPS. if I recall correctly is goes under the trade name if navigon.
I do not know how well it works.
I know that the new iOS and windows phone from Nokia offer a much better solution to make your phone use that gps chip and turn your phone into a dedicated gps.
It's sad that google is limiting users with this tactic, I am betting its just so they can sell even more of our personal data.
Oh, and I have two dedicated gps devices, one is mil spec and water proof to three feet ( why three is beyond me, rain I guess). Anyway, this rezound has a cost of over $500 and google is limiting your options with google maps and reselling who you are,what you search for both in search and maps, where you go and how long you stay there....and that is how they make the billions.
Needless to say this is my first android device, and it will probably be my last due to the theft of personal information unless google changes how apps interact with each other and how they use sneaky tactics like limiting my off line map cache just to require me to connect to the network to find out where I am.
Why do people tolerate this is just ponderous. You have to agree that Carl Marx, Lennon, Stalin & hitler would have used these tools for bad things, why do you think the powerful now are any different?
I initially got this app for the sole purpose of making my phones GPS become usable faster. It also picks up satellites in thick foliage, something my eTreks won't reliably and consistently do.
For mapping and creating way points I use Geo Reader, also free.
For a Google Maps like app with lots more ability GPS Essentials can't be beat, another freebie.
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I didnt buy this phone to use as a GPS, although it's nice to have. If you need GPS all the time, a standalone device would be better.
and google "stealing" your information? sneaky tactics? no one says you have to use their services... have fun finding a phone that doesn't ask for your information.
If you have a limited data plan are you are using your phone as a GPS navigator, then G Maps may not be the best solution for you. You need an onboard Nav app that stores all the maps and POI's on your phone and uses very little if any data. There is a free app called NavFreeUSA that uses OSM maps (free open source community maps. Like Wikipedia but with maps) Its a decent app but not great. One time it told me to go straight where there was a river and I know for a fact there was never a bridge there! I myself bought Sygic ($40 USD) and use it very often and love it! Both of these allow you to download your maps from home on wifi then use them to navigate with no data use. Another benefit of these onboard apps is they will continue to work even if you are in an area with no cell coverage. For my wife's iphone we got Igo Primo for $25 USD and thats a great one too.
But even you start talking about prices like that, you can get a basic TomTom or Garmin for like $60, so it's really how you want to approach the situation..
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$40 is less than $60. That's how I approached it.
Well, if someone has a Garmin nuvi that broke, and has an older phone laying around unused, and likes the GPS to be a separate device....then $40 for the Garmin Android app might be nice.
I don't know if the app has all the features of a real nuvi.
Maybe it's phoning home for piracy reasons, but it defeats the whole point of being able to have maps on board.
Google needs to add an actual compass and way points.