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#1 2019-08-31 03:21:19

bradrh
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Registered: 2013-06-20
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android nav/mapping app

I've been using mkgmap (gmap.img) & a garmin device for my motorcycle navigation and tracking, but since that device is dead I'm looking to make the switch to android.   I've been using locus and openandromaps for my mtn bike nav and tracking, and that has been great for that, but they don't distinguish between a motorized trail, a mtn bike trail, and a hiker only trail and that is a requirement for me.   So I'm looking at my options.

It seems kind of backwards, but continuing with mkgmap, garmin.img maps, and an android app might be the easiest.  The only android app that I've found that can use these is oruxmaps.  I used to use orux, but switched to locus quite a few years ago.

The other options that I've found would be
- Learn how to use mapsforge to create my own .map maps & use locus or any of the apps that use that format
- Learn how to use OsmAndMapCreator & use OsmAnd
- Find prebuilt maps that make the motorized/nonmotorize/hiker only distinction

I'd also like to use the same map on my linux desktop.   Currently use qmapshack & it seems to be superior to anything else, but it can't read the mapsforge maps, or the OsmAndMapCreator maps.

Other options?  Suggestions?

Thanks

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#2 2019-08-31 06:42:23

Jrgn_71
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Re: android nav/mapping app

You could try https://graphhopper.com/maps/ (amongst others) to create gpx tracks, I'm sure there is a dedicated motorcycle mode.  And navigate them with OSMand+.

Last edited by Jrgn_71 (2019-08-31 06:42:48)

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#3 2019-08-31 15:36:49

SimonPoole
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Re: android nav/mapping app

No first hand experience using it but maybe https://kurviger.de/ (seems to have an Android app).

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#4 2019-08-31 16:12:26

bradrh
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Re: android nav/mapping app

Jrgn_71 wrote:

You could try https://graphhopper.com/maps/ (amongst others) to create gpx tracks, I'm sure there is a dedicated motorcycle mode.  And navigate them with OSMand+.

Thanks, but creating GPX is easy, it's the map piece I'm missing.

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#5 2019-10-10 13:59:39

Bernhard Hiller
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Re: android nav/mapping app

@bradrh How did you decide meanwhile? Also my Garmin is about to fall into pieces, and also I am looking for a customizable map on Android.
While trying to learn OsmAndMapCreator, I stumbled upon the utter lack of documentation, and quite a lot of bugs which are well known, and you have to use some specific workaround for them...
I found out how to integrate elevation contour lines into the map and get them displayed, but most features are more complicated (e.g. treating highway!=track with import=yes like highway=road, or displaying unpaved major roads differently from paved highways, and also treat them differently in routing).
The Garmin world was great, due to the dedicated support by Steve and Gerd whom we are indebted to thank.

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#6 2019-10-10 14:28:56

muralito
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Re: android nav/mapping app

Bernhard Hiller wrote:

The Garmin world was great, due to the dedicated support by Steve and Gerd whom we are indebted to thank.

The Garmin+OSM is great. Garmin alone is a goog UI but lacks the updated OSM+mkgmap based maps.
Most android apps has antifeatures, tracking, advertising, etc.
I'm trying Maps but still using my nuvi.

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#7 2019-10-11 07:04:19

Negreheb
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Re: android nav/mapping app

A friend of mine is using https://kurviger.de/ with OsmAnd on Android and he is liking it so far. OsmAnd also does not have advertising or tracking, as far as i know - you can pay a little bit for it.

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#8 2019-10-11 16:08:06

bradrh
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Registered: 2013-06-20
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Re: android nav/mapping app

I've used garmin maps on orux & it's OK, but the Locus UI is much better.   For local use, here in Colorado, I found cotrex to be really good.    Maybe this winter I'll learn how to use mapsforge so I can make more useful maps for locus.   For using mapsforge maps on the desktop I found cruiser.
kurvigor looks like a good app for road motorcycling, but doesn't do it for dirt.

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