Top 8 | Google Maps Alternatives for Android

Google Maps is undoubtedly the leader these days when it comes to navigation tools, particularly on the web and desktop but also on mobile platforms. I’ve never actually used it properly on an Apple device, but can attest that it integrates very well into your average Android interface, meaning that it is hard to argue why one should look elsewhere if they actually own one. But there are many Google Maps alternatives out there, and many of which do offer something slightly different and also better, in some cases. In just about every area of the market there are new and exciting apps queuing up to challenge those that have a stranglehold on things, and will often see things differently to a big tech juggernaut like Google. With Maps, this comes in the form of things like traffic info, seen best in the crowd driven alternative Waze, which can become indispensable as a a turn by turn navigation app when out on the road. What other Google Maps alternatives are there, then, and why are they worth our time?

8. (Free)


Again, it can be difficult to argue the contrary when you have a service as great as Google Maps, and especially when that service comes preloaded onto your smartphone, but we’ll try! First up when it comes to stating the case against would be the app, which I’ll admit to having encountered very recently on Android but it is definitely worth mentioning. As with the previously mentioned Waze (which we’ll come back to later) is crowd sourced, or at least is based on the OpenStreetMap database which is the product of user mapping data. The app provides you with complete offline map support in around 350 different countries, which is great if you’re traveling and won’t always have that 3G connection to rely on. There are also other neat features such as the ability to bookmark places, track your orientation and share your location. It’s also completely free, which is quite rare when it comes to navigation apps that offer offline content like this. – Download from Google Play

7. OsmAnd (Free)

Yet another app that takes advantage of OpenStreetMap data and another viable choice when looking for Googel Maps alternatives is OsmAnd Maps. This app takes the crowd sourced data and then simply adds its own interface and pushes in a few nice features. One of these that we first noticed when using the app is the Wikipedia info for points of interest, and the sharp turn by turn navigation information which is of course very usedful when traveling – either on foot, with your bike or with your car. Turn by turn navigation can alter drastically when switching between these different methods of transport, but we’re pleased to say that with OsmAnd it stays pretty much the same.- Download from Google Play

6. Sygic (Free)

Sygic is worth noting as a viable alternative to Google Maps since it is powered by TomTom, which of course is already a big name in the world of navigation. The map data here is not quite as good as you might get with one of the many apps we’ve listed here that take advantage of the OpenStreetMap platform, but there is full offline mapping and  bunch of nice features. The point of interest data is pulled from TripAdvisor, which is a move that scores points with us since we’re big fans. The app is free to download and use, but some of the features will cost you: traffic data and access to speed camera locations in particular. – Download from Google Play

5. CoPilot GPS (Free)

CoPilot GPS is another one that’s worth checking out if you’re looking for a Google Maps alternative and aren’t worried about the cost. The app is free to download but you will need to pay in order to access most of the key features. While the mapping data is good enough, we’re not convinced that it’s quite worth considering when there are so many free alternativs out there. Again, CoPilot is a navigation app that leans towards the functionality of your average GPS unit rather than anything else, and may be worth checking out if you don’t mind spending a few bucks. – Download from Google Play


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