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  1. jeppollcat75

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    I am looking for an offline navigation app that not only has turn-by-turn voice navigation, but uses street names. So instead of it saying "turn left" it would say "turn left onto Main Street."

    And for extra credit, are there any free navigation apps that do this?

    Thanks.

    JEP
     

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    Could try Sygic, that's definitely offline navigation and mapping data. Not free though. AFAICT free ones tend to require an always on Internet cloud service, like Google Maps.

    I use Autonavi, which is free, completely offline, and speaks street and road names, but it's only for China.
     
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    Thanks, Mike. I did try the free Sygic. It does work offline once you've downloaded the appropriate map. And, though it has offline voice navigation, it does not mention street names. Maybe the full (non-free) version does. I may have to email Sygic to find out for sure. I was hoping someone here might know of apps that do what I want, rather than having to contact each one separately. The feature lists don't seem to mention it.

    Oy.
     
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    I have used Co-Pilot quite a bit, not walking, but it has accommodations for that.

    once the data is downloaded, it is off-line forever unless you want a different map.

    I bought the full version because i wanted it to "talk to me' thru my motorcycle helmet speakers.
    it has more alert notifications of upcoming changes than any app or GPS that I have ever used.

    I have it set for 2 miles, 1 mile, 1/2 mile, 100 yards, "turn NOW !!!"

    I needed the Turn Now feature because in Tulsa, land of the lost, the signs are so far in advance, I have turned down the side service roads instead of the On-Ramps to the interstate highways....
     
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    Thanks, AZgl, but does Co-Pilot read out spoken street names in the voice navigation? Again, I want an offline app that says "turn left on Main Street" instead of just "turn left."

    JEP
     
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    The latest versions of Google Maps will allow you to download the maps for your travel area and navigate offline.
     
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    I will have to try it again and see, but IIRC it does not.

    it does have one thing I don't like, and I suspect will be a deal killer.
    I just now thought of it.

    You make a turn, and it is stone cold silent until you need to make the next turn.
    Don't know about you, but I would like to have the same assurance tht I am on the right road.... ala my Garmin 2797.... when the Garmin senses you made the correct turn, it says "Continue on to Route Factitious 14.9 miles ahead"

    when I was coming home from Atlanta, GA to Tulsa, OK and using it for navigation, that little feature became a deal killer for me.

    BUT, what I have found out, and come to rely on, is that it is one Super Duper mapping app to use while sitting in a fast food joint while you are waiting for your order, whip out your phone, pull up Co-Pilot and look around.... Bar None, it has THE BEST listing of Points of Interest that I have ever seen.... for a Planning Tool, you just can't beat this app.... and that part of it is totally free.... you don't need Voice Navigation to use the Planning Tools or viewable navigation.....

    IF, you keep the map up on the screen, this app is just as good as any other map app.... but if you rely on Voice Navigation like I was doing with my motorcycle, it sucks.

    see the Screenshots

    . Screenshot_2016-08-21-19-09-08.png Screenshot_2016-08-21-19-09-15.png Screenshot_2016-08-21-19-09-30.png Screenshot_2016-08-21-19-09-47.png Screenshot_2016-08-21-19-09-56.png Screenshot_2016-08-21-19-10-07.png

    Note that it can display All Attractions which I show in the last screen shot... I live in a very small town, it is 1 mile long and 3 blocks wide.
     
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    The Garmin 2797 if in map mode w/o a route set up, always shows the next street name in front of you...
    and just now, looking the Co-Pilot app it is showing the street names....

    don't know if they show up at the top like the Garmin does.
     
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    As @Fox Mulder says, Google Maps has for some time now provided the navigation function with their downloaded maps and it is now my preferred nav app.

    It does include street names in the spoken directions, and as far as the UK is concerned I find the address search far superior to any other nav app I have used.

    The maps are quite memory hungry but I tend to download just the destination town/city area, which is when directions become critical, and find that a download of around a couple of hundred mb is adequate - certainly worth trying :).

    Off-line navigation is currently only available for driving so I still use OsmAnd+ or Magic Earth for walking/hiking.
     
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    You can now download the offline maps to your external SD card, the selection is made under Offline Areas/Offline Settings/Storage Preferences.
     
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    I use TomTom Go Mobile.

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tomtom.gplay.navapp

    There is a good selection of offline maps, regular map updates, speed zone warnings, camera warnings, gives trustworthy routes and reads out road names etc. (though it struggles with pronouncing Welsh ones!). It can be used freely to test for 50 miles / month but an annual fee for unlimited use. I'm happy to pay the fee because it includes real time traffic info.

    You could also try the old Nokia sat nav app 'Here' and OSMand; I have them installed but have not yet got around to testing them on the road.
     
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    Following. I want the same as OP. I just stumbled across map factor navigator. But, if Google maps allows you to download maps, maybe I'll do that.

    Looking to conserve a little data, I use GPS frequently. But I also notice that using GPS and charging on a long trip can really heat up the phone and raise problems. Maybe if it wasn't also using data so much it wouldn't stress it so. I tried sygic in the past and found it to be primitive and lacking.
     
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    Google has good maps and I like them but when I download them and use them offline they are blurry if I zoom in. Do you have they same problem? As long as I am online that are super maps but when I am offline and open google maps they are not very use full.
     
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    I have used Google maps for off-line navigation for quite some time now without any problems, certainly no blurring when zooming in.

    As satellite view is not supported whilst off-line, I prefer to switch it off, if it's left on it does affect the clarity of the maps.
     
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    But, for me, when I navigate it is often long trips. Like from sc to Ohio. Does that mean I need to manually download every town along my route?
     
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    Nope, you don't want to download all of the trip maps...

    you need to get a good GPS and fer ged aboot it....

    I use a Garmin 2797 with a 7 inch screen, and it will zoom down to within about 300 feet full screen width.
    is that good enough? and the maps are all internal, for all 48 states and Canada.

    a GPS is plugged into the vehicle power, and the phone needs to be tucked away, so you don't go talking on it while driving and become a traffic statistic.
     
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    Or, I'll just keep using my phone instead. Lol
    I have a tomtom getting dusty in the glove box. I'd much rather just use the phone that's already gonna be out and always be up to date. Plus, it will display the Nav on the screen in my truck.

    Thanks tho. That was helpful.
     
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    Sucks when you want to use modern technology but cut out the beauty that allowed that technology to thrive...internet lol.
     

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