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Old 27th May 2013, 18:10   #2971
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Could somebody advice me about what Apple IOS App would be good to download and use OpenStreet Maps for India Offline, when there is no Internet.

I also need to create GPS Tracks during my travels. It will be good if I can do that too with the same app.

Can the Complete Openstreet Maps for India be downloaded on a PC and then uploaded to the Iphone / Ipad ?

Travelling to Leh and beyond, when there is no Internet Connectivity Offline Maps are the only ones that can be used.
Try navfree or citymaps2go. Both doesn't require internet connectivity. I have downloaded it but have not used it. citymaps2go cannot do navigation. It will show your current position overlaid on a map.

navfree does navigation. However, I found that the maps are a bit outdated, atleast in the place where I stay.

I am not sure about GPS tracking in both.

Above all this, why don't you invest in a stand alone device? It would be of great help on your trip to Leh and beyond. Even for posterity, it is money well spent
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Old 28th May 2013, 14:20   #2972
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You can use osmand app for navigation. I found it pretty useful. Uses osm maps.
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Sygic/MMI for android costs just Rs.199 today. Check it out. I think it is a steal at that price.
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A lot has been already said earlier in this thread but here is my experience on navigation aid.

I use MMI SD card (Windows Mobile) based maps in my caska unit in my car. These maps are awesome. The cost is only 2K INR. So far all my travel in Karnataka, maharashtra and Goa has been great with its help. Pretty accurate and not even once failed.

I also use MMI maps through Sygic on my iPad and iPhone. The app was bought three years ago using appstore for 24.99$ or so. It's getting regular updates and maps there are reliable too. I would anyday recommend these options. Both of these MMI maps work in offline.

I also use the Google maps on iPhone but it always needs internet connection to route me. Once set, can function offline. Compared to MMI, google maps does not have enough reliable information in there. I have seen sometimes google taking through non reliable roads leading to waste of time and fuel. I would recommend MMI maps over any other options in India.

I actually had received SatGuide maps with my caska unit and those maps are pathetic! Forget about highways, even metro city routes are not reliable in it. So i am not using it!

I would suggest to use MMI and Google to plan your route. But when it comes to actual journey, use it only to reach closer to destination. Once there, take local help. The local knowledge is far superior than any of these. But just be careful to spot the conmen around before you ask.

About the actual device, my vote is to get something on your phone or in-dash. That way you carry less gizmos to worry about and cables of course. But also avoid something sticking on your wind-shield to obstruct your view. The voice guidance of MMI maps on iOS or in-dash are good so you won't need anything like phone holder on your dash either.

Oh and the apps that run on Android are subject to have the risk of instability of the phone operating system itself. So don't blame maps if all of a sudden your android phone reboots.
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Is there a way to transfer the routes for google maps saved in your google account to the new google maps app with Voice Assist on Iphone ?

I have got some routes saved in my google account. When I travel I want to access these routes on my Iphone.

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Is there a way to transfer the routes for google maps saved in your google account to the new google maps app with Voice Assist on Iphone ?

I have got some routes saved in my google account. When I travel I want to access these routes on my Iphone.

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Yes, on the top left of the screen on your google maps app there is search text box. At the right you see this little profile button - tap/ touch on it and it would give you options to see your recent histories from google maps elsewhere accessed, saved locations and routes. On the profile screen, you have a gears icon that would pull in more advanced options for history etc. Of course for this you must have been signed in using your google credentials and connectivity to keep everything up-to-date.
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Last week I tested OsmAnd application on my BlackBerry PlayBook while driving back from office @ Flora fountain, Mumbai till Thane.
It's worked very well with offline vector maps. Only three times gps signal lost but detected again within couple of minutes. It has voice guidance option. It has gpx route record option as well. Most of the areas it was showing correct path but this was within city.
I will explore this OsmAnd on next outstation drive.

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Today Bangalore Traffic Police gave this update, on the repair work in one of the underpasses.
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Is there any GPS device that will take this deviation into account while routing?
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... Is there any GPS device that will take this deviation into account while routing?
None of the stored-maps ones will, but then they are not meant to avoid temporary road conditions before hand. Once you are forced to take a deviation, it will get you back on track within seconds. However, if the model happens to read traffic updates (if available; RDS / online, not printed), it will.

The only difference to online maps (provided the update is loaded there) is less anxiety at the start of the journey perhaps. If the alternate route happens to be significantly longer it may cause a different anxiety then . Online maps have to get traffic condition updates to the server to consider it in routing.

If the deviation just happens to be the only way of reaching your destination from your current location, there is no difference - the online map will guide you to the same deviated route as the stored-map device would.

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Today Bangalore Traffic Police gave this update, on the repair work in one of the underpasses.
Is there any GPS device that will take this deviation into account while routing?
I doubt! Google might be able to but haven't checked it. And i say "It might" only for the reason that - software intelligence on tracking existing user data of that route travelers is advantage to google and might recommend the new route. But i strongly doubt this is built into the Google maps yet. And for all others which work in offline mode, impossible unless this info reached to them and officially comes to you as map data update!
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Hello Guys,

Need advice from experts here. My friend recently came back from UK. He was using a Sony GPS device while in UK and he brought it to India now. The device is loaded with UK maps. Is there a possibility to load India maps in it (MMI preferred) and configure to our use? If it is possible, where can I get it done in Chennai?

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Today Bangalore Traffic Police gave this update, on the repair work in one of the underpasses.

Is there any GPS device that will take this deviation into account while routing?
If you use Waze then you can report this and it will re route accordingly.
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There is an offer from Map my India where you can purchase maps for Rs 300. However on checking the reviews in play store saw many people complaining about license error. Has anyone here tried this ?
https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...=search_result
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The app in play store would always be older version that the other global app (Sygic) https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...gic.aura&hl=en. Therefore, I advice to buy the map from Sygic.com and using the code in the Sygic global app.

Btw, the maps are pretty old (2012.06). I asked Sygic support for the map updates, to which they said that they are yet to receive newer maps from MapMyIndia.
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Btw, the maps are pretty old (2012.06). I asked Sygic support for the map updates, to which they said that they are yet to receive newer maps from MapMyIndia.
And, in the later versions of Sygic, those maps may not be compatible with maps from other countries, which apparently use an updated format. You can own them and swap, but it takes a bit of a hack, with deleting files (Sygic did provide support for the problem), but you cannot have them available at the same time as the India files.
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