Android OSM apps

Posted by rickmastfan67 on 5 June 2014 in English (English).

I’m just curious, does anybody know of some good Android OSM apps out there? What I’m looking for is apps that allow you to get GPS traces, use maps offline, record audio linked to GPS trace so I can note when speed limits change, ect.

The reason I’m asking is because I just recently acquired a Samsung Galaxy Note ® 10.1 (2014 Edition) as a prize in the most recent OSM MapRoulette Contest that Scout & Telenav were running (Thank you Telenav & Scout!!!!!!!). This is the first item I’ve owned that has a built in GPS (well, I do have a camera that does have GPS, but it takes forever to update and it can’t keep up in real time as it thinks the last GPS location is where you are till it wants to update or you force it and is useless when marking speed limit changes), and I want to take advantage of it to do some mapping when I encounter new roads that aren’t in Tiger or Bing/Mapbox imagery yet (like a brand newly built Interstate as an example), or have a poor temporary alignment drawn in.

Also, this is the first time I’ve owned anything for the Android OS, so I’m a newb when it comes to apps (but I’m a fast study as I’ve almost figured out everything I need to know about this tablet in a couple of hours) and knowing which ones would be safe to use for what I want to do.

Also on a side note, anybody have any good offline game suggestions for Android? hehe.

Comment from Janjko on 5 June 2014 at 10:14

OsmAnd for recording gps, audio and photos and looking at offline maps, Vespucci for OSM editing. Some like OSMtracker for recording gps, audio, photos as well as various features from a list of buttons. For addresses there is Keypad-Mapper.

Comment from Rps333 on 5 June 2014 at 10:29

My vote would be OsmAnd. For photos try Mapillary, great work flow for getting your photos into their Open Street View which uses OSM. From there you can see your photos and then edit OSM

Comment from maxolasersquad on 5 June 2014 at 10:50

Like others have stated OsmAnd meets all your requirements. Vespucci is what I use for mobile mapping. I usually just jot down the ground information on Vespucci and explode the polygons when I get home.

Comment from Zverik on 5 June 2014 at 11:18

In case it wasn’t mentioned, try OsmAnd. It’s great.

Comment from andrewsh on 5 June 2014 at 11:36

Try OsmAnd. It’s great.

Comment from cartinus on 5 June 2014 at 12:24

If you are like me and want to be able to put notes where you see stuff (100m to the right of the road) in stead of where you are (on the road) try geopaparazzi.

Comment from naoliv on 5 June 2014 at 13:00

Without a map, but very usefull for quick surveys:

Comment from mcld on 5 June 2014 at 13:28

Have you tried OsmAnd? I like it.

Comment from mcld on 5 June 2014 at 13:30

Oh wait I mean OsmTracker. I always forget the name. That’s the one I like.

Comment from xyzl on 5 June 2014 at 13:48

+1 for OSMTracker, I like the UI for adding notes/amenities to your tracks.

Comment from Richard on 5 June 2014 at 15:11

Have you tried an iPhone?

runs away very very fast indeed

Comment from yvecai on 5 June 2014 at 16:25

Richard, Osmand is not on iPhone :-P

Comment from rickmastfan67 on 6 June 2014 at 13:18

Thanks for the suggestions everybody. I’ll check them out when I get the chance.

Comment from رامز on 6 June 2014 at 13:38

OsmAnd is the best.

Comment from rickmastfan67 on 17 June 2014 at 11:08

Does anybody know if OsmAnd supports U-Turn restrictions? And if it does, how to report about a bug where it told me that I could do it when I can’t at that intersection (I personally put the restriction in a few years ago)?

Comment from DougPeterson on 26 January 2015 at 02:41

This is a rather late comment. I like Locus. It was one of the first apps I paid for. I was using Locus Pro long before doing OSM mapping so I have continued to use it as my primary mapping tool, including tracing and recording of waypoints / pois. I started using in particular for off-line maps. It does have integration with numerous on-line maps (> 100?). You can attach photos, audio or video to waypoints.

Depending on your perspective the main strength or weakness is the large number of features it has.

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