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I need a way (possibly a third-party application) that allows me to use maps and GPS without an Internet connection.

I don't use it by car, just for walking in cities. It would be nice if I could just copy all data relative to a particular city before going there for tourism.

The Google Maps app does not store maps reliably, so it is risky to rely on it without an Internet connection.

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i required only location without internet can it possible on gps? i had test it but yet i cannt get. –  Pintu Corna Nov 22 '13 at 13:01

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Note: many of these applications use map data from a really cool free map project called OSM (OpenStreetMap), which anyone can contribute to. OSM is constantly improving, but in many areas it may lack information like house/building numbers.

Free:

Paid:

  • CoPilot Live Premium: USA, elsewhere
    • CoPilot Live is a very nice, full-featured app, which will let you download maps ahead of time and use GPS offline. I ended up using it because the US version was so cheap compared to the other paid navigation apps, but I've been very pleased with the quality, features, customer support, and free app and map upgrades. It has all the features I could want in a GPS app, the only downsides being you have to have a paid subscription for traffic data (the paid app includes a free one-year subscription), and you will have to buy new maps if you travel outside your purchased area.
  • Other paid apps that I haven't used:

There are detailed reviews of many Android GPS apps here: Android Sat Nav Apps

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+1 for mentioning the OpenStreetMap and OsmAnd. '-) –  Flow Aug 19 '12 at 21:17

Google Maps 5.0 now supports offline mode!

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You don't have much control over the cached maps in the offline mode. And note that you may have an older version pre-installed on your device and the update to 5.0 is not announced automatically. Just search the Market... –  pesche Jan 29 '11 at 23:33
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Additionally the offline cache is automatically deleted after 30 days. –  Robert Oct 5 '11 at 12:54
    
@Robert - wtf? Why? That's sad that you can't configure it. –  ripper234 Oct 5 '11 at 19:43
    
Not really. You can cache a small area, but only the roads, not places, and it will be deleted after a few weeks, and you can't sync it except manually, and it doesn't work with navigation, etc. etc. Remember that Google's in bed with the phone companies and their data plans. –  endolith Dec 1 '11 at 20:58
    
It looks like there's some license problems with the maps. I've managed to use Paris and Belgium offline maps, but it isn't possible for Brazil and Spain. –  neves Jun 28 '13 at 2:51

What are your needs? Just maps? Point-of-interest data? Navigation?

I use MapDroyd, which is free and lets you download OpenStreetMap data. I see that they have some other products. NavDroyd (paid), which is mentioned above by @ripper234 does navigation. TravelDroyd, which has point-of-interest information, also seems to do navigation based on the screenshots, but I haven't tried it out.

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My needs: Maps + showing where I am on the map. The ability of showing a GPX itinerary would be really nice as well. –  Nicolas Raoul Nov 21 '11 at 2:46
    
OSM is pretty poor in the US. Google Maps is much better. In other countries, the situation is reversed. –  endolith Dec 1 '11 at 21:00

I haven't had a chance to try it myself yet, but I've heard good things about Maverick:

Maverick for Google Android - Code Sector

There is both a limited free and pay version.

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I haven't had much luck with Maverick myself. –  ripper234 Sep 28 '10 at 15:06
    
I like the fact that this one's cached maps don't vanish like Google Maps'. There is no way to download all maps for an area, so you have to navigate the area at various zoom levels will on WiFi before going. –  Nicolas Raoul Nov 21 '11 at 2:45
    
I use Maverick all the time for car and walking navigation, with several GB of offline maps. Maverick and Mobile Atlas Creator both had to disable Google Maps downloading because of legal threats by Google, but you can still use an old version of either. –  endolith Dec 1 '11 at 20:57
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new versions of Maverick work just fine if you download maps yourself and place them in the right folder. a few years ago I've made an explanation about that. –  lenik May 20 '12 at 21:13

+1 for the question, I'm really looking for a good answer here.

Take a look at the answers for a similar/identical question I asked once on ForceClose. From the answers there, I think NavDroyd will be my choice (5 euro only, seems to have ok coverage), but I haven't tested it myself yet.

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I regularly use Locus. It doesn't have much in the way of navigation support (although I think this is in the works), but for off-road and off-line use it's fantastic.

It allows downloading of maps for off-line use, supports SQLite and GEMF maps, which allow large map (2GB limit for SQLite, no realistic limit for GEMF) tile sets on your SD card without wasting masses of space. It also supports vector maps as well as bitmap ones (more coverage, less disk space). It has a very good interface and is well supported.

There's a free version with ads which doesn't support in-app map downloading (I think), although you can use your PC to download the maps. The paid version is not expensive.

That all sounds excessively glowing, so I should emphasise that I'm not the developer and have no affiliation; just a very happy user!

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For England and much of Europe, ViewRanger is great. Supports Ordnance Survey and other official-type maps; also some open street map projects. But it is absolutely what I would use -- and do -- if I am hiking with a phone. For Android - ViewRanger

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Have You tried Maps With Me? It has a lite (free) version and allows downloading maps for an offline usage. Also it is very fast: in my experience OsmAnd is much slower even with maps downloaded, although it shows more information.

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Have you tried BackCountry Navigator?

BackCountry Navigator

It has topo maps, open street maps, and aerial photography.

It has a 16 day demo and a paid license.

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I am now using OsmAnd.

It stores OpenStreetMap maps on the phone's storage.

OsmAnd uses a vectorial format, which means it can store a lot of information without taking too much space, and is visible in all zoom factors.

You can download the maps you want, for instance Italy, Bolivia, or any other country/region.

OsmAnd

Free, open source.

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Maps (-) allows to store maps for offline use from OpenStreetMap, from OpenCycleMap and from Google Maps.

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If you are looking for North American maps (and European maps as well I'm told), than I can recommend CoPilot Live. It's not free though.

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I used NavDroyd when travelling in Europe. I didn't have mobile service so I downloaded the maps over wifi before setting out. NavDroyd successfully guided me from Slovakia to Croatia through Austria and Slovenia while driving.

I found it less useful while walking, good for orienting oneself, but not on par with Google Maps for finding points of interest.

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You might want to use Sygic if you are in India. It comes with free maps.

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