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Any map apps that DON'T force you to tell location?

Discussion in 'Android Apps & Games' started by norb, Jul 19, 2017.

  1. norb

    norb Android Enthusiast
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    Are there any android map apps that do not force you to supply location data? It used to just let me punch in whatever location I wanted to start from, which many times isn't my own, but out of 3 app I have tried, including one offline map, they all force you to give up location data.
     



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  2. tommo47

    tommo47 On Yer Bike, In Yer Chair
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    I regularly use Google Maps, Magic Earth and OsmAnd+. With all three apps tapping the 'start location' box gives me the option to enter an address, choose a start point on the map or select a 'favourite'/'historic' location.
     
  3. Hadron

    Hadron Smoke me a kipper...
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    And I can add maps.me to that list.

    Google's Maps increasingly prompts you to turn on wireless location, which would give them location data, but works fine if you ignore that.

    Turn by turn navigation will require it to start from your current location, because that is inherently tied to your current position. But walking along a line drawn on the map is fine without.
     
  4. norb

    norb Android Enthusiast
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    Actually google maps hardly works at all for me. It keeps stuttering and saying app permission denied. Can't even hardly get to the menu or type anything in on it. Even Sygic is demanding that I turn on my location to get directions, but works fine if just looking at the map.

    And tommo47, that is no longer what I get. Used to be that way. But no more. Somebody needs to make a map app that doesn't demand this. Could be money in it.
     
  5. norb

    norb Android Enthusiast
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    Also, maps.me doesn't seem to have the ability to recognize an address when you type it in. And also demands access to storage.
     
  6. Rachael Alice

    Rachael Alice Member

    You have to give location data if you want navigation, there is no other way for offline access.
     
  7. Hadron

    Hadron Smoke me a kipper...
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    Since it stores maps on the phone it will require access to your storage.

    As for typing an address, it depends on whether someone has provided the information (crowd-sourced mapping can be much more detailed and accurate than Google, but can also have omissions - e.g. it has no house numbers for my mother's street, but has far more detail about the places I work than Maps). Otherwise it does work, but the search is a bit funny - trick is to type the search string & wait for results without pressing enter. And as it is using your phone's CPU rather than Google's farm for searching it is not instant.
     
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  8. tommo47

    tommo47 On Yer Bike, In Yer Chair
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    Well I'm puzzled about that because with Location Services switched off on my HTC M9, both Google Maps and Magic Earth let me enter a start address and a destination address and will give me a route which I can view/follow or read in textual form. Admittedly Magic Earth will prompt me to enable Location Services, assuming, I suppose, that I want to navigate the route, but I can cancel the prompt and continue. Google Maps gives me the route without any such prompt, and has never shown the problems you refer to.
     
  9. zuben el genub

    zuben el genub Extreme Android User

    Mapquest just asks for starting and ending point just like on a computer.
     
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