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I don't know much about GIS and would like to find an application for travelling with the following features:

  • support Points of Interests (sights, restaurants, etc.); Clicking on any POI should display a pop-up with a bit of information (eg. address, history of a building, etc.)
  • download maps for offline use, so that no data connection is required
  • should display the user's current location using GPS. Apparently, a data connection is not required to use GPS, although it might speed things up when enabling GPS

Are there Android applications that can do this? That would make it easier to travel rather than carrying infos on paper.

Thank you.

-- Edit: Android Google Maps doesn't support layers for offline maps, so adding one's locations through the web Google Maps won't work.

Users recommended MapsWithMe which is supposed to support "bookmarks" in the Pro version. If someone uses the Pro version, can you confirm that locations are downloaded and saved in offline maps? Also, is it possible to build a list on a PC through eg. Google Maps/MapsEngine, and tell MapsWithMe Pro to download it? E-mails to the author (info@, support@, and android@) returned no reply.

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    Have you looked at Google Maps for Android (which seems to have had offline capability since June 2012 according to this report)? – PolyGeo Jun 30 '13 at 1:14
  • Yes, that's what I currently use, but offline maps 1) don't provide current location through GPS and 2) don't display POIs that I'd like to create for sights/food/places. – Gulbahar Jun 30 '13 at 15:46
  • 2 sounds like a new requirement and if you have already eliminated Google Maps for Android then that should be mentioned in your Question too. Can you edit it to reflect both, please? – PolyGeo Jun 30 '13 at 20:04
  • I don't understand. The title includes "offline" – Gulbahar Jun 30 '13 at 23:08
  • I don't have an Android device to test Google Maps offline but another link to its capabilities is here. To me creating POIs sounds like a different (or much expanded) capability to simply viewing those published as part of the map service. – PolyGeo Jun 30 '13 at 23:17
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I recently used Locus Map Free on trip to collect POIs.

This App has the ability to download and use offline Maps. If you download or create vector maps in Mapsforge's compact map format, you can use that in this app as well.

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