OsmAnd

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OsmAnd
OSMAnd Logo 2017.png
Osmand street routing.png
Street routing
Developer(s)Victor Shcherb, Alexey Pelykh, Hardy Mueller and others
Initial releaseJune 1, 2010 (2010-06-01)
Stable releaseAndroid: 3.9.5 (February 3, 2021; 27 days ago (2021-02-03)[1]) [±]
iOS: 3.92 (February 4, 2021; 26 days ago (2021-02-04)[2]) [±]
Repository Edit this at Wikidata
Written inJava, C++
Operating systemAndroid, iOS
Size39.0 MB
LicenseLicensing
Websiteosmand.net

OsmAnd (/ˈsəmænd/;[3] OpenStreetMap Automated Navigation Directions) is a map and navigation app for Android and iOS.[4] It uses the OpenStreetMap (OSM) map database for its primary displays, but is an independent app not endorsed by the OpenStreetMap Foundation. It is available in both free and paid versions; the latter unlocks the download limit for offline maps and provides access to Wikipedia points of interest (POIs) and their descriptions from within the app. Map data can be stored on the device for offline use. Using the device's GPS capabilities, OsmAnd offers routing, with visual and voice guidance, for car, bike, and pedestrian. All of the main functionalities work both online and offline.[5]

Features[edit]

Navigation[edit]

Navigation provides turn-by-turn voice guidance for driving, walking, biking and public transport with route calculation done on the device. Typical features like estimated time of arrival and automatic rerouting are supported.

Traffic aware routing and real time arrival for public transport are not supported.

  • Optional lane guidance, street name display, and estimated time of arrival
  • Supports intermediate points

Maps[edit]

Map files are downloaded to the device by selecting which countries or regions are wanted and what data you want for that region. The files are updated monthly based on OpenStreetMap. Searching files by address, name or coordinates offline is supported.

Tile and raster maps can be viewed by enabling the Online Maps plugin. This allows viewing tiles from a server when online or viewing locally saved tiles when offline. Notably, this allows satellite views from Microsoft and Yandex to be used.

Street level imagery can be viewed using Mapillary, Wikidata or Wikimedia Commons.[6] The imagery is user-submitted for each source so quality and coverage will vary.

  • Places can be saved as favorites
  • Display POIs (point of interests)
  • Optionally display place names in English, local, or phonetic spelling

Wikipedia Data[edit]

OsmAnd interface for downloading Wikivoyage articles offline

Wikipedia POIs can be downloaded and viewed offline in the app.

Wikivoyage travel guides have been supported since 2018.[7] They can be downloaded and used offline from within the app.

Customization[edit]

OsmAnd allows customization of most things through the user interface, user editable xml files or creating plugins. Navigation can be changed to avoid certain roads or types of roads, avoiding size and weight restricted roads and annoucing traffic warnings and crosswalks. The rendering style of maps can be changed or custom maps can be created using your own data. OsmAnd publishes a standalone program called OsmAnd Map Creator that creates map files from data in the OSM format.

OsmAnd Plus[edit]

OsmAnd Plus is the paid version of the app. It unlocks unlimited maps, hillshades, slopes and more frequent updates for certain map features through OSMAnd Live.[8][9][10]

Safety features[edit]

  • Optional automated day/night view switching
  • Optional speed limit display, with a reminder if the user exceeds it
  • Optional speed-dependent map zooming
  • Location sharing and customizable transparency

Bicycle and pedestrian features[edit]

  • The maps include foot, hiking, and bike paths
  • Optional trip recording to local GPX file or online service
  • Optional speed and altitude display

Turn on screen on turn feature[edit]

Until version 3.2.7 OsmAnd had a feature allowing the screen to be automatically turned on, when arriving at a turn and shut down after the turn. This significantly reduced the phone's electrical consumption, allowing it to be used as a navigation tool when biking and hiking and competing with specialised GPS devices (which are still used due to their low power consumption). Google modified the Play store (not Android) guidelines to no longer allow applications to turn the screen on or off and deleted the paying application OsmAnd+ from the store on March 2, 2019.[11] As a result, this feature was removed from the free and paying versions and OsmAnd was reinstated to the Play store. People can still download the free 3.2.7 version as an APK, while turning off the Play Store's auto-update for this application, in order to use this feature.

Directly contribute to OpenStreetMap[edit]

The app comes with a plugin that can be enabled for OpenStreetMap contributions. This allows editing of POIs, opening Notes and uploading gpx tracks to OSM. The edits can then be stored until online and uploaded to OSM using a previously created OSM account.

Licensing[edit]

OsmAnd development is on GitHub,[12] and the source code is available under the GPLv3 license.[13] The application is available on Google Play in both a free[14] and a paid version (OsmAnd+)[15] which works as a donation to the developer, unlocks the download limit for offline maps, and provides access to Wikipedia POIs and their description from within the app. A community-compiled version of the full OsmAnd+ named OsmAnd~ without Google Play services dependency is also freely available on F-Droid.[16]

Some of the artwork, such as icons and banners, is licensed under Creative Commons Non-commercial No Derivative Works License with an exception forbidding publishing a fork to main marketplaces.[17]

Pull requests from outside contributors – for both the Android and iOS versions – may be accepted under MIT license.[18]

Developer[edit]

OsmAnd is developed by a Dutch private limited company, OsmAnd B.V. located in Amstelveen, the Netherlands.[19][13]

Reception[edit]

The app has been well rated on the major mobile app stores. The free version of the Android app has over 70,000 reviews on Google Play with an aggregrate rating of 4.5 stars.[20] The iOS app has 1300 reviews and an aggregrate rating of 4.5 stars.[21]

OSMAnd has been well regarded when talking about FOSS android navigation apps.[22]Joe Hindy from AndroidAuthority stated "It’s probably not as good as something like HERE or Google Maps for online use, but it’s among the best offline GPS apps available right now."[23]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ OsmAND B.V. "OsmAnd - Android Apps on Google Play". Play Store. Google. Retrieved 7 February 2021.
  2. ^ OsmAND B.V. (19 April 2018). "OsmAnd Maps". App Store. Apple. Retrieved 7 February 2021.
  3. ^ "OsmAnd Maps & Navigation - free offline maps for Android and iOS". YouTube. March 30, 2017. Retrieved October 12, 2020.
  4. ^ "OsmAnd for iPhone is released". osmand.net.
  5. ^ "OsmAnd Maps: a genius and helpful MapsApp". theappzine.com. May 31, 2015.
  6. ^ Soloviova, Anna (18 August 2017). "Navigating with Images: Mapillary Plugin in OsmAnd". The Mapillary Blog. Retrieved 23 July 2018.
  7. ^ "OsmAnd 3.0".
  8. ^ "OsmAnd - Offline Mobile Maps and Navigation". osmand.net. Retrieved 2018-08-06.
  9. ^ "Google Groups". groups.google.com. Retrieved 2018-08-06.
  10. ^ "OsmAnd: How to update a map?". Geographic Information Systems Stack Exchange. Retrieved 2018-08-06.
  11. ^ https://twitter.com/osmandapp/status/1101771221493002240 OsmAnd+ deletion from Google Play Store on March 2, 2019
  12. ^ "OsmAnd". GitHub. Retrieved 6 September 2013.
  13. ^ a b "OsmAnd License". GitHub. Retrieved 6 September 2014.
  14. ^ "OsmAnd Maps & Navigation". Play Store. Retrieved 6 September 2014.
  15. ^ "OsmAnd+ Maps & Navigation". Play Store. Retrieved 6 September 2014.
  16. ^ "OsmAnd~". F-Droid. Retrieved 2018-06-29.
  17. ^ "FAQ". osmand.net. Retrieved 24 June 2017.
  18. ^ "OsmAnd-ios/PULL_REQUEST.MIT.LICENSE at master · osmandapp/OsmAnd-ios · GitHub". GitHub. Retrieved 20 July 2017.
  19. ^ "Privacy Policy". osmand.net.
  20. ^ "OsmAnd — Offline Maps, Travel & Navigation". Play Store. Retrieved 2 May 2020.
  21. ^ https://apps.apple.com/us/app/osmand-maps-travel-navigate/id934850257. Retrieved 7 February 2021. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  22. ^ Davenport, Corbin (18 July 2020). "The best free and open-source alternatives to Google Maps on Android". Android Police. Retrieved 2 May 2020.
  23. ^ "10 best GPS apps and navigation apps for Android".

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