Free GPS App for Android – Best We Could Find

By Steve McFarlane

By itself Google Maps is an impressive GPS app for Android devices, and at the low, low price of free you should give it a try. But try the Waze GPS app and you will soon find Google Maps coming up short on a number of points.

Waze for Android

This app is more than a navigation map. Not only can you see what is happening with traffic on your route but you can also contribute to keeping others informed by using Waze to report the traffic conditions you are experiencing.

In fact, Waze is backed by the largest crowd-sourced traffic community that makes it possible for you to get up to the minute traffic updates from real people, which only add to the accuracy of the data that is served up by Waze.

If you often have issues with the quality and accuracy of the other Android maps you use to navigate your way around traffic you should give Waze a look.

Because the maps this free GPS app uses is constantly being updated by its users, Waze maps are often the first to reflect traffic changes just as they happen and correct inaccuracies in new maps as well, especially those issues that can affect how well the app route the user.

Standout features:

  • Voice-guided turn-by-turn driving directions
  • Alerts you in advance as you approach reported issues, turns, intersections etc
  • Automatically recalculates route when a wrong turn is made or the user changes course
  • Voice search, enables the user to say their destination instead of trying to enter it while driving
  • Live traffic and road condition reports
  • Allow users to report accidents, road repair sites, cameras, hazards and police activity and rewards them with points for the updates and community participation
  • Shows, in real time, the position, direction and speed of other Waze members
  • Day and night map view

See Waze in action in this video:

Other Free GPS Apps For Androids

Google maps comes with everything you’d expect to find in a GPS navigation solution such as live traffic data, turn-by-turn voice guidance and automatic rerouting. It also has some features that make it a top contender for anyone looking for an Android navigation app. Though not as refined as Waze and Google Maps, MapQuest Mobile is also another good solution, but it is hard to recommend over Waze and Google Maps.

There are scores of GPS apps for Android, but combing through the maze of available solutions can be time consuming, which is why we compiled a list of the best Android GPS apps including free solutions for tracking family members, apps for finding great places to eat and stay and solutions for logging your back country wondering. You can the roundup in this article:

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