[HOT] Droid app for mapping

Banick, Robert Robert.Banick at redcross.org
Thu Oct 10 11:09:28 UTC 2013

We've been using GPS Essentials at the Red Cross but only because we can't
find a better alternative. I agree with your assessment.

OSMAnd is a good piece of software but the user interface is a bit of a
maze. Untrainable.

Haven't tried the others.

I would die of happiness if someone would create a simple, stable GPS app
that loaded in OSM in the background and had a non-crazy UI for track

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On 10/10/13 6:31 AM, "maning sambale" <emmanuel.sambale at gmail.com> wrote:

>Coming off from a training with the staff of a local government, we
>realized that there are more smartphones than GPS units.
>As an initial test, we showed them how to use the default phototagging
>feature as a tool for collecting field data.  In some cases,
>this turned out to be unreliable which I already encountered in the past
>Our plan is to create a learning material about using smartphones
>(preferably free download, opensource and, android-based) we can
>distribute to the participants.
>What OSM mapping app do you use for your phones?
>So far I've seen the following:
>1. GPS Essentials - too many features IMO and can overwhelm new users
>2. OSMAnd - good offline maps routable map based on OSM, haven't
>tested the mapping tools other than the OSMbug reporting
>3. GPSlogger - simple lightweight datalogger
>4. Keypadmapper - only for housenumber mapping, I've seen a mention of
>phototagging in newer versions but haven't tested.
>5. OSMtracker - not yet tested
>6. Vespucci - not yet tested
>Any other app?
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