Of all the categories of utility apps out there, navigation and location apps are one of the most crucial, when it comes to users that are always on the go. With roads and highways becoming more and more complex, the need for these GPS location apps is at the highest.
You may be using some of these apps for location tracking already but if you haven't had a satisfactory experience, here are the top 7 GPS and navigation apps that will help you reach home safely.
Starting off with the player that started it all, Google Maps is undoubtedly the most popular navigation apps across all platforms - Android, iOS and Windows Phone. If you have been putting off using it because you think Google Maps doesn't support offline maps, think again. The company recently added support for all the cities in India.
This one is a rather old school take on the whole GPS and navigation app mechanism. TomTom is one of the traditional SatNav physical map systems that survive till date. And, man is it brilliant. The maps are auto-updated for a lifetime; there are also multiple navigation options, all of which are also available offline. It even offers real-time traffic information, 3D landmarks and camera alerts.
Another app that offers great offline map content is CoPilot GPS. It has offline access for almost every road and highway on the globe. This app also intelligently syncs to your social network - FB, Twitter - to track if you have any upcoming events. It then automatically offers step-by-step directions on the exact date and time. Pretty handy, right?
One of the most popular navigation apps on Android is Sygic. The maps on this app are powered by TomTom and it offers high definition content for most countries in the world. It's sadly gone down the freemium route, offering many maps for free, but also providing extra features such as live traffic, regular updates and extra navigation voices at a certain price.
Previously known as NavFree, Navmii GPS World is another popular GPS app on Android that has features like voice navigation, offline maps and a ‘Material Design' interface, to match the interface's appearance. It also has real-time traffic and syncs with Google Maps to eliminate the probability of any errors during navigation.
This is a rather unique navigation app that is completely based on the strength of its community. It relies on community real-time information to update all the traffic and ETA updates on to the app. As a member of the ‘Waze community', you can report accidents, police barriers and road blockages, which then get cross-referenced with other users' input and finally uploaded for other users. It also has a very nice interface and a few other nifty features, such as showing you the cheapest gas stations and hotels, while on the go.
Finishing off with another interesting app, HERE. Developed by Nokia, HERE lets you download maps of countries and use them almost exactly as you would when online. You have to register to download, but you can download as many as you want, and it's free to register.