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    Android app displaying real time map as I ride - Confused by choices

    Simple question: which android apps display the GPS route map on my phone as I ride, like a regular GPS car app?

    I looked at ridewithgps, but that doesn't seem to have a android map. Using Endomodo, but I don't think it shows a real time map. I want something that is light on the processor, and can help me get back to my starting point as I ride the roads, choosing my route as I go.
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    Along with the forum recommendations such as Strava, MapMyRide, and Runtastic Road Bike, you might want to scan a search of the Google Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/search...apping+&c=apps

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    Ya, we have like a lot of threads on these apps and I was just being frustrated and lazy 'cause I didn't see a simple answer. They all are great threads and apps, and the google search / google site search of bikeforums is thick with recommendations and reviews. I was hesitant to even ask, and since I started the thread there is at least another thread started asking the same thing. NM. I'll just load, signup, and delete until I get one that I like. Until then Endomondo it is and Endomodo it will stay.

    Ops, delete this thread as being obnoxiously redundent and silly. Or give it to the British to script it Monty Python.
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    When using the android I routinely just use my "navigation" app ( looks like a blue arrow ) which is a supplied standard app that came with the Android. This app basically is a Google map app. If I'm not navigating to a particular address I just press "map" ( rather than navigate ) and the GPS function will just follow along as I ride. If you want to see more of the map as you ride you just touch the screen and then press the "minus" function and the map will zoom out. ( "plus" zooms in )

    Just be sure that if you decide to scroll the map around manually ( with your finger on the screen ) the map will not follow your position again until you press the blue arrow on the lower left corner of the screen. I don't use this too much on the bike because I usually have a set route and will use the "Cue Sheet" app to navigate the route I have planned.

    There is also a second ( supplied ) map app listed as "Maps". It too is a Google map app. It does a couple things that the navigation app doesn't but it also will do navigation as well. I tend to like the "Navigation" app better because it will follow your position and change with point of view when you turn ( so you are looking at things straight on ). The navigation ( map ) app also allows you to use several overlays. I like the traffic overlay so I know what to expect when I hit the interstate ( in my car ) Both of the apps you can set for car or bike. Setting for bike will display known bike paths on the map. The google map apps are nice and will display many things including POI ( depending on what you are looking for ). I love having a smart phone. You can be anywhere and easily look up where the nearest convenience store is ( or anything for that matter ) and have it displayed on a map with your current position.

    As with all electronic devices there is always a learning curve. Takes a while to learn all the in's and outs but once you get the hang of it the smart phones are one of the most useful things to have once you hit the road.
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    Thank's 'Cat. So I tried watching Endomondo today, instead of just using it to log my ride, and that failed. Redundent info (I use a wired bike comp), map is impossible to read in the sunlight, too small, and then I bumpted off, so ost the "whole ride" logging. Tried the nav that's built into my phone, (it's ok, use it once in a while in the car) and that was pretty useless for the same reasons.

    I'll just wait until next year when I get a bigger phone, and use a small handlebar bag out front.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RoadTire View Post
    Thank's 'Cat. So I tried watching Endomondo today, instead of just using it to log my ride, and that failed. Redundent info (I use a wired bike comp), map is impossible to read in the sunlight, too small, and then I bumpted off, so ost the "whole ride" logging. Tried the nav that's built into my phone, (it's ok, use it once in a while in the car) and that was pretty useless for the same reasons.

    I'll just wait until next year when I get a bigger phone, and use a small handlebar bag out front.
    I use the navigation and nav map app ( for traffic ) on a regular basis for work. I used to use a Garmin for finding new addresses but the Google navigation app is so simple to use that I no longer even bring the Garmin. The only feature I miss from the Garmin is the posted speed limits which the nav app doesn't include. The nav/map app which gives me standard position and traffic info I use as well ( usually for traffic info ).

    Like all apps that display a screen that is changing, when the screen is left on it will drain the battery very quickly. If I turn the screen off I can let the app run and the battery will last much longer. The only time I let the screen on is when I'm on my way to work and I need traffic info for the interstate. Since I'm only on the Interstate for maybe 15 minutes I'll let the screen stay on. The color coded traffic info is pretty accurate...usually.

    Of course in a car the phone battery power is rarely an issue because I always carry a cig-lighter type charger. On the bike I don't have that option. Eventually I may have to buy an external back-up battery if I want to keep my screen on for longer periods. Right now I don't have the need so it is not an issue.

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    OsmAnd Maps & Navigation

    http://osmand.net/

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    Quote Originally Posted by RoadTire View Post
    Using Endomodo, but I don't think it shows a real time map. I want something that is light on the processor, and can help me get back to my starting point as I ride the roads, choosing my route as I go.
    Fyi, I was using Endomodo the other day and I realized why it was probably difficult to find - when you hit "Start", the timer starts running, etc. But it's not obvious how you see a realtime map. You need to tap the bottom right corner of the screen where there's a sort of "next page" thing (just tap the screen in the bottom right corner) and it will switch to a page with a realtime map with your current location.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pain View Post
    OsmAnd Maps & Navigation

    http://osmand.net/

    That looks pretty good, having the maps offline, and going to GPS for this app only if I'm totally lost.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 01 CAt Man Do View Post
    Of course in a car the phone battery power is rarely an issue because I always carry a cig-lighter type charger.
    Yes, same here. And my phone get's pretty warm too!.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pain View Post
    OsmAnd Maps & Navigation

    http://osmand.net/
    Very, very interesting. If I absolutely had to have an off-line map I would certainly consider this app. Looks to have some nice bells and whistles ( like voice navigation and route import capabilities ). At some point I'll probably give it a try. Could come in handy if I get somewhere and it turns out to be a cell dead zone.

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