OT: offline maps for android?


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Guest

Last year I moved from an N95 (with google maps downloaded for most of
Europe) to an HTC Desire. The Desire is great, but on-demand map
download is always tedious, doesn't work in many locations, and pretty
expensive in others.
Is there any way to make street mapping available off-line without
having to preload relevant tiles for specific trips?

Dave
 
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John Williamson

NoSpam said:
Last year I moved from an N95 (with google maps downloaded for most of
Europe) to an HTC Desire. The Desire is great, but on-demand map
download is always tedious, doesn't work in many locations, and pretty
expensive in others.
Is there any way to make street mapping available off-line without
having to preload relevant tiles for specific trips?
http://www.andnav.org/

Open source software, with open source maps tiled for each country, and
smaller ones for local areas. You can get most of Europe on a 2 Gig card.

I don't know what the maps are like, though, as my mobile runs WM 6.5.

There is also Mapfactor's Navigator Free, which runs in Windows Mobile,
and uses the Open Street Map mapping. It's not the best, but it's free
in both senses.
 
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airsmoothed

Last year I moved from an N95 (with google maps downloaded for most of
Europe) to an HTC Desire. The Desire is great, but on-demand map
download is always tedious, doesn't work in many locations, and pretty
expensive in others.
Is there any way to make street mapping available off-line without
having to preload relevant tiles for specific trips?

Dave
I use Mapdroyd on my HTC Wildfire, this uses vector based maps rather
than tiles; I download any maps I need to my memory card via WiFi and
leave 3G data switched off on the phone.

http://www.mapdroyd.com/
 
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Reentrant

Last year I moved from an N95 (with google maps downloaded for most of
Europe) to an HTC Desire. The Desire is great, but on-demand map
download is always tedious, doesn't work in many locations, and pretty
expensive in others.
Is there any way to make street mapping available off-line without
having to preload relevant tiles for specific trips?

Dave
The latest version of Google Maps (v5) does prefetch and cache maps, but
just how much isn't fully documented.
See
http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2010/12/next-generation-of-mobile-maps.html

Otherwise you'll have to bite the bullet and buy a Satnav program - I
went for Copilot with the UK & Ireland mapset (about £27). You can buy
(or "acquire" by other means!) maps for Europe and North America.
 
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Mike Barnes

NoSpam said:
Last year I moved from an N95 (with google maps downloaded for most of
Europe) to an HTC Desire. The Desire is great, but on-demand map
download is always tedious, doesn't work in many locations, and pretty
expensive in others.
Is there any way to make street mapping available off-line without
having to preload relevant tiles for specific trips?
Well in a sense the maps *have* to be pre-loaded if they're to be
available offline. :) And there's not room for all of them on your
memory card. :-(

FYI I have some OS 1:25000 maps pre-loaded into my HTC Legend and an
application that indicates my location using GPS. It's possible to do
that for any or all of Britain, if you're prepared to take the trouble,
for a total outlay of £10.

However it sounds to me as if what you're looking for is an easy way to
cache the street maps you can get online. I did find some discussion of
that problem while researching my own requirements using Google, but as
that wasn't what I was looking for I didn't take much notice. Though I
do remember the name "Open Street Map" and that might be worth a look.
 
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Guest

Well in a sense the maps *have* to be pre-loaded if they're to be
available offline. :) And there's not room for all of them on your
memory card. :-(

FYI I have some OS 1:25000 maps pre-loaded into my HTC Legend and an
application that indicates my location using GPS. It's possible to do
that for any or all of Britain, if you're prepared to take the trouble,
for a total outlay of £10.

However it sounds to me as if what you're looking for is an easy way to
cache the street maps you can get online. I did find some discussion of
that problem while researching my own requirements using Google, but as
that wasn't what I was looking for I didn't take much notice. Though I
do remember the name "Open Street Map" and that might be worth a look.
I'm looking for a way to pre-load countries, rather than specific tiles
- it seems that mapdroyd/navdroid is probably the way forward.

I use viewranger for 1:50000 OS maps but haven't found 1:25000 maps at a
sensible price - any suggestions?
 
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Guest

I use Mapdroyd on my HTC Wildfire, this uses vector based maps rather
than tiles; I download any maps I need to my memory card via WiFi and
leave 3G data switched off on the phone.

http://www.mapdroyd.com/
Thanks! It looks like mapdroyd or navdroyd will do what I want.
 
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Guest

http://www.andnav.org/

Open source software, with open source maps tiled for each country, and
smaller ones for local areas. You can get most of Europe on a 2 Gig card.

I don't know what the maps are like, though, as my mobile runs WM 6.5.

There is also Mapfactor's Navigator Free, which runs in Windows Mobile,
and uses the Open Street Map mapping. It's not the best, but it's free
in both senses.
andnav is interesting but it seems to be tile-based whereas mapdroyd is
vector - ISTM that zooming should be better with a vector-based solution
so I'll have a play with mapdroyd
 
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Mike Barnes

NoSpam said:
I'm looking for a way to pre-load countries, rather than specific tiles
- it seems that mapdroyd/navdroid is probably the way forward.

I use viewranger for 1:50000 OS maps but haven't found 1:25000 maps at
a sensible price - any suggestions?
Those maps are inevitably expensive because of the OS's pricing
structure. There are solutions if you're prepared to take a little
trouble - e-mail me for info if required.
 

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