An Android phone has Google Maps as its stock/default maps, POI and navigation app. What are other options that I have which can be used instead of Google Maps?

One obvious answer is OsmAnd. OsmAnd has some cool features and also offline POI search and navigation.

Similarly from the talks in 2013 SOTM I discovered Hikar which has some cool integration of routing and augmented reality.

What other such apps are out there?

I know that there is a similar post for Android, but the list there is mainly for data collection apps. I am curious about the application side. Apps that have simple map viewing POI search and query, routing and navigation.

  • possible duplicate of List of GIS applications for Android Tablets Commented Nov 17, 2013 at 7:15
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    I have already looked at the post, i don't think this is a duplicate. The question seeks for alternative to ArcGIS which is a full fledged GIS that includes data manipulation and data collection. I am trying to search for alternative to Google Maps which includes map viewing , POI queries and routing and navigation. Commented Nov 17, 2013 at 7:55
  • I've retracted my close vote, but it seems to me that the other list offers a large list of apps that also answer your question directly. While you are correct, there are a number of "full ArcGIS alternatives" in that question, there are also a number of alternatives for simple mapping (as you described) also included in that list. Commented Nov 17, 2013 at 8:15
  • But the two examples i mentioned above like OSMAnd and Hikar do not fit as answers to the question above and these are exactly the kind of apps that i was curious to know about, Thank you for retracting your close vote. Commented Nov 17, 2013 at 8:27

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Well, most people say OsmAnd is the best for Android. Lacking further details, I can't judge on your particular case. You need to know what features you want:

  • an app for end users or for mappers?
  • support for smartphone or tablet?
  • online or (fully) offline?
  • routing with different profiles?
  • POI search, address lookup?
  • open source / free / commercial app?

With these requirements, you can filter this list: https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Android
So I can only post what seems to be popular in the community:

Hope this will help! If not, feel free to post more details on your use case :)


Maps.me has map viewing POI search and query, routing and navigation, and it can be used offline. Data is updated frequently and it is available for Android and iOS.

  • I was under the impression this was for iOS only... but if it is available for Android Maps.me is great!
    – mikeLdub
    Commented Apr 17, 2018 at 20:41

You could try MapsWithMe. It uses maps based on OpenStreetMap, and allows downloading complete countries for offline use. There is a free 'Lite' version, or a 'Pro' version for about $5. The pro version allows searching, and marking bookmarks.

Compared to OsmAnd it doesn't have as many features, eg it doesn't do routing, or recording a GPS track. But in my experience it is much easier to use, and quicker for browsing and zooming around the map.


I just added an OSM wiki page for OpenTripPlanner for Android: http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/OpenTripPlanner_(Android)

I don't know how long it will take to auto-populate the table in Mapper's response on the OSM wiki, so I'm posting here as well.

  • Thanks for adding, but please check the article again, there seem to be some minor markup problems :) I was never aware the OTP is a research project. So if you like, just add it here: wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Research
    – Mapper
    Commented Nov 18, 2013 at 18:39
  • Thanks! Fixed the markup issues :). I'll take a look at the research page and see if I can find a good place to fit OTP. Commented Nov 19, 2013 at 14:58

umappin is a social network app.


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