Android Apps for Overlanding

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I think it would be cool to have a thread going as a resource for all Android apps that are useful to us as Overlanders. They can be related to communications, navigation, journal/information logging and other useful tools.

I'll get the ball rolling with a few apps:

NAVIGATION - ViewRanger for Android


Great app for creating routes, tracking, saving POI, saving maps for offline use, ability to share on multiple devices with your ViewRanger account, great base maps with the option of purchasing additional maps, and the best part IT'S FREE!


COMMUNICATION - Zello for Android


Simple walkie-talkie-style app, that allows a quick and efficient way to communicate as long as you have network. The data usage is very minimal and you can use this even with one bar. The app allows you to create groups and communicate to all group members at once (great for groups runs). It also allows for text messaging and sending images.
 

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I use Backcountry Navigator on my tablet. Sounds very similar in function to Viewranger, but it sounds similar to other products out there. Not hot on the interface of Backcountry Navigator so I may switch over to Gaia since so many people have had great experiences with it and I like the interface. Too bad it's $20 to get for Android.
 

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Gaia GPS- Navigation App. Syncs with desktop computer and tablets so you can create, view and edit waypoints, routes, maps and trip planning. Also will record your tracks to create routes. Great for offroading, hiking or outdoor activity. Very accurate and easy to use interface.

Torque app (Along with OBDII sensor)-
Utilizes the on-board port on your vehicle (as long as you have an OBDII port) to get real time diagnostics, engine, transmission, electrical and other readings. Also has a code reader/clearer that can be used if engine codes appear on your dummy lights.

Earthquake Alert!- Great for keeping track of earthquake activity near you. Not that I'm a doomsdayer, but interesting to see all the local/regional activity in CA.

OB Talk (haha!)

Amazon Prime Music-
Great music variety, and playlists/stations. Easy to create your own playlists of your favorite tunes (ie Sturgill Simpson) and then download to your phone for off the grid listening on the trail! Is included with the $99 Amazon Prime Membership though...bleh.

Evernote- great for keeping notes, info, and lists. Can be synced to desktop, laptop, tablet and phone. Great resource/app for keeping daily journals, trip planning and creating lists. It is very easy to use, and that makes making a list easy!
 
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Gaia GPS
Torque app (Along with OBDII sensor)
Earthquake Alert!
OB Talk (haha!)
Amazon Prime Music
Evernote (great for keeping notes, info, and lists)
Thanks for sharing, Mike!

Would you mind including a quick description for each, it could be as simple as listing the few key features for which you use the app. Also list the type of application it is. I’d like for this page to be as useful as possible, some what of a Wiki for apps.

Cheers,
Nick


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Thanks for sharing, Mike!

Would you mind including a quick description for each, it could be as simple as listing the few key features for which you use the app. Also list the type of application it is. I’d like for this page to be as useful as possible, some what of a Wiki for apps.

Cheers,
Nick


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I went back and updated. I was creating my list while I was supposed to be working and when my wife came in, I just clicked reply. I panicked! I'm afraid of her! HAHA.
 

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Ulysse Speedometer : This is a GPS based speedometer / compass /car-dashboard. The other feature I really like is that it acts as an app launcher. You can assign applications to the Ulysse app launcher for common types of apps (eg navigation) and never have to fumble around with the home-screen to find your most common driving related apps.


Locus Map : competitor to BackCountry Navigator, Gaia etc. I personally like the interface of Locus better than the others.


MOBAC ( Mobile Atlas Creator ): This is a free (open source) desktop app... not an Android app. It's worth mentioning because I use it on my desktop to create offline map tiles which I then load onto my tablet. It supports numerous formats ( I use sqlite for Locus Map ). The interface is clumsy and takes getting used to but it is very powerful. If you are interested, I recommend watching a few videos to get familiar with it ( here is a good video for getting started ).

 
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COMMUNICATION - Zello for Android


Simple walkie-talkie-style app, that allows a quick and efficient way to communicate as long as you have network. The data usage is very minimal and you can use this even with one bar. The app allows you to create groups and communicate to all group members at once (great for groups runs). It also allows for text messaging and sending images.
That reminds me of Voxer. I use it almost every day for work. I have always had good luck with it.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.rebelvox.voxer&hl=en
Pretty much the same as Zello just another option.
These look interesting. I'll have to check them out.
 
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+1 for Gaia GPS. I tried Backcountry Navigator, but didn't like it. Horrible UI.

RollMeOver is kinda neat, too. It's an inclinometer with some GPS functions, and also has several vehicle icons to choose from.
 
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i dig viewranger. also use the mobile version of my pc software called memory map. its cheap but not free. i will check out some of these other ideas and suggestions as well.
 

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Great thread! After reading this, I ended up getting Gaia GPS app. It is really intuitive and well made. I cannot wait to use it on my next trip. Thanks again for the recommendations.
 

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My Jeep club uses the Zello app a lot. From convoies to charity events to trail rides. And you can make your own channels. Works just like the old Nextels, push to talk!!!
 
Although I've been told that the Zello app isn't as reliable as others would expect, We've not had an issue with this app in almost 3 years. This is a great instant communications app (walkie talkie style) Both of our smart phones and now our tablet have this app active at all times. So if one device doesn't pick up, another surely will.

Just a suggestion if one doesn't need all the typographical images, We've been using the Offline Maps & Navigation app as offered by Google play.