OS Maps app on Android. Is it any good?

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  • OS Maps app on Android. Is it any good?
  • Premier Icon Rubber_Buccaneer
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    I want OS maps on my mobile and I want them available offline. I have been using my now aging Memory Map 1:50000 for years but Memory Map want £15 just for me to keep using them on a new device. I could pay £50 for a completely new set of maps but then I saw the Ordnance Survey app. Pay a subscription and I can have bang up to date maps at a better scale and I can save them on my device. Just what I want…but previous discussions on here suggest the Android app wasn’t all that great. Anyone with recent experience of the app able to give me their opinion of it?

    Thanks

    scotroutes
    Member

    You can now save/cache maps on Android. The app seems to work fine but I also have a Garmin Oregon so that gets used in preference. I really like the web app though – easily worth the £20 pa.

    Premier Icon timidwheeler
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    The app isn’t great but they are constantly working on it. When you buy a paper map now it comes with a code to download the app version for free.

    B.A.Nana
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    £7.99 or something for Back Country Navigator (take the free trial to try it out). For that price you get the whole of the UK down to 1:25k OS. Basically you copy and save map areas to use offline, you can erase them after or keep them depending on how much memory you have spare. I have my local area and all the northern NP’s permanently stored. It does everything, even has a course creator.

    Don’t know about OSMaps, but briefly looked into both it and Viewranger, and they both appeared to get a bit expensive buying all the OS tiles.

    Stoner
    Member

    I wouldn’t bother either. Os apps are one big car crash of unjoined up thinking and selling you info twice.

    footflaps
    Member

    Can’t comment about Android, but the iOS OS Maps App is very good, only pay £20 a year for access to all their maps.

    Premier Icon dknwhy
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    It seems ok to me. Bit slow and clunky. Don’t like the fact that it doesn’t synchronise routes with my online library.

    Premier Icon Rio
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    I use the OS maps app on both Android and iOS because Memory Map seems to want me to pay them a fortune to update their OS maps. The OS app isn’t exactly feature-rich (for example the lack of a sensible whole-country map to zoom in on means you sometimes have to do a bit of guessing, and the printing facilities are a bit basic) and the Android version is a bit crashy, but it’s improving. To me it’s good value at £15 pa or so for up-to-date maps of the whole country compared with some of the alternatives.

    sierrakilo
    Member

    Get a free 3 month trial of OS Maps with Jennings Beer special offer 😆

    Junkyard
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    MMMtracker is still free and still what i use

    Premier Icon ampthill
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    I think I have to say

    Back Country Navigator again

    Its not perfect and is no more like £10

    But then that’s the whole country free with no annual subsrcipton. Well until some one closes the loop hole

    Premier Icon sheeps
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    Another vote for backcountry navigator… Any os maps offline for less than a tenner

    Premier Icon Simon
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    Another vote for Back Country Navigator. Think there’s a free trial version of the app that you can try before buying the full app.

    plyphon
    Member

    Hello, guess it’s my time to chime in again here.

    The Android version is coming along and will be getting more features added as quickly as we can. I promised offline caching to someone on here a few weeks back and within a week or so we had it online. We listen!

    Don’t like the fact that it doesn’t synchronise routes with my online library.

    This is coming soon! It’s one of our big priorities.

    I’m stoked people are using and enjoying our app! We read all feedback through the official feedback submission and I read and forward on anything interesting I read here if I spot it.

    Cheers!

    Stoner
    Member

    Im still at a loss how OS MapFinder is supposed to work/not work with OS Maps or indeed how it all is supposed to work with OS Maps on my computer. OR heaven forbid which one works with a code on a new map…

    and It wont direct a route automatically along a path. Which Ive been able to do on something like gmap-pedometer for nearly 10yrs!

    scotroutes
    Member

    plyphon wrote:

    I promised offline caching to someone on here a few weeks back and within a week or so we had it online.

    Yes – thank you. Saves using that unofficial workaround.

    B.A.Nana
    Member

    One of the reasons I went for the cheaper BCN option was that I felt I’d paid once in paper format for all the OS maps I’ll likely need, Lake District paper maps I’ve paid for about 5 times over, over the years. I somewhat begrudged paying for it all over again, that’s how I justify it to myself anyhows.

    Stoner
    Member

    Completely agree.

    Being charged just to look at maps you’ve already bought is a kick when there’s no additional/useful functionality.

    B.A.Nana
    Member

    I knew that wouldn’t go down well. I have followed the OS app development and did sign up to the Beta(?) testing (didn’t get selected). I’ve always thought/think that when it is developed and people are raving about it I will sign up fully.

    DiscJockey
    Member

    I’m really pleased with ViewRanger on Android. I’ve gone with the option where I pay a one-off fee in advance which entitled me to a certain number of map tiles. So I just download the tiles for the regions where I do riding or walking – anywhere in the UK.

    Premier Icon Rubber_Buccaneer
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    Thanks for the replies.

    Back Country Navigator does look good.
    MMTracker I think I paid for many years ago but it has disappeared from the store. I can see it mentioned on XDA Developers and could track down a copy.
    Alpine Quest is another I found that can read my old Memory Map files but it puts white lines down the page.

    I’d happily pay the OS sub if I thought it would work but I’m not feeling confident about that. I’m another who has paid repeatedly for the same mapping (have a big box of paper maps and have bought the whole UK in electronic format three times) so I have no moral problem using BCN.

    Premier Icon dknwhy
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    I’m happy to pay the sub because it ensures current, updated maps. Paper maps go out of date (admittedly not immediately or with massive changes) but they do age.

    Another Back Country Nav user here – very happy with it.

    Premier Icon molgrips
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    I read that as Black Country Navigator. Sounds ok but a bit of a specialist market…?

    B.A.Nana
    Member

    Someone might want to double check my maths and understanding of the costs on this, but one of the main reasons I was initially put off signing up (and begrudged paying again, nearly triple again) was that OS are charging £1.99 for a 10km X 10km Explorer tile for Android. That’s equiv. to a paper explorer map costing £24 (paper maps are £8.99). In electronic format, this is without the cost of paper, printing, distribution and retailer margin etc etc.
    Explorer printed maps are now coming out, still at £8.99, with the electronic tiles included for that area. That’ll probably be my route into this, as new paper maps are bought.

    scotroutes
    Member

    If you subscribe to OS Maps (£18pa) then you can download any OS 1:50k or 1:25k mapping to your phone for use offline.

    Premier Icon Rubber_Buccaneer
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    That’s the option I’m looking at. BCN and OS offer much the same thing letting you select an area to cache on your phone. I’ve had a go with the BCN trial version and it is easy to use doing exactly what I want for a one off £7.99 until the supply of map data disappears. OS is £17.99p.a and there is no trial version for me to see how it works, at least not a trial version with the functionality I want to test.

    Scotroutes, is the selection of an area to cache easy? If I want a big area, say half of Wales, can I do that?

    ironnigel
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    Molgrips.
    Yow goo dowun the rowud, oop tha bonk an then yow goo dowun the cut.

    Black Country Navigator sorted. Black Country Translator. Hmm that’ll take some time.

    scotroutes
    Member

    You’d have to do that via many small chunks.

    For me, I like the OS Maps web app anyway. Having the Android App is almost just a bonus. It really needs to be able to share user-created routes though.

    Premier Icon Rubber_Buccaneer
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    Thanks, I shall probably wait to see how the OS app develops.

    For me the Android app is the main thing and a web app is a bonus. If you could use the web app to select map areas to pass to the phone, plan routes to pick up on the phone, etc that would be brilliant. Just like Memory Map but without the up front cost and always up to date.

    Stoner
    Member

    If you could use the web app to select map areas to pass to the phone, plan routes to pick up on the phone, etc that would be brilliant.

    given the shambles to date that would be a ******** miracle!

    plyphon
    Member

    It really needs to be able to share user-created routes though.

    If you could use the web app to select map areas to pass to the phone, plan routes to pick up on the phone, etc that would be brilliant.

    This is all coming. We know this is really important functionality to have this cross platform experience. The next few months are becoming really exciting tbh.

    If I want a big area, say half of Wales, can I do that?

    You can do quite big areas, but half of Wales in one chunk is quite a bit of data. If we receive lots of feedback saying people would like to cache larger areas at once we can look at the limit, but from what I recall we made the limit to stop people from downloading huge amounts of data without realising, then complaining that their phone is full up and it’s “our fault” or that we spanked their data limit.

    bigh
    Member

    On the OS map app, I have yet to successfully import a gpx.
    I desperately needed to use a gpx on the weekend, it was recorded via some other app and was well over the 200kb limit so I split it in two using route converter, still would not work.
    I recorded a 60k ride on sunday, which will not import to the pc version due to it being over 200kb….im out sadly, and regret paying the yearly sub.

    Premier Icon ampthill
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    I’m really pleased with ViewRanger on Android. I’ve gone with the option where I pay a one-off fee in advance which entitled me to a certain number of map tiles. So I just download the tiles for the regions where I do riding or walking – anywhere in the UK.

    Someone might want to double check my maths and understanding of the costs on this, but one of the main reasons I was initially put off signing up (and begrudged paying again, nearly triple again) was that OS are charging £1.99 for a 10km X 10km Explorer tile for Android. That’s equiv. to a paper explorer map costing £24 (paper maps are £8.99). In electronic format, this is without the cost of paper, printing, distribution and retailer margin etc etc.
    Explorer printed maps are now coming out, still at £8.99, with the electronic tiles included for that area. That’ll probably be my route into this, as new paper maps are bought

    I don’t think people are reading other peoples posts

    With back country navigator you can have all the maps your phone will hold fpr £10

    plyphon
    Member

    On the OS map app, I have yet to successfully import a gpx.
    I desperately needed to use a gpx on the weekend, it was recorded via some other app and was well over the 200kb limit so I split it in two using route converter, still would not work.
    I recorded a 60k ride on sunday, which will not import to the pc version due to it being over 200kb….im out sadly, and regret paying the yearly sub.

    I’ll ask whats up with this tomorrow

    @Molgrips,

    Why is BCN a bit specialist ?

    It’s
    – easy to use,
    – cheap (one off charge),
    – caches 1:25,000 maps on the phone,
    – easy & fast to select & download maps.
    – can use other map types like opencyclemap when abroad.

    What’s not to like ?

    Premier Icon Rubber_Buccaneer
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    Why is BCN a bit specialist ?

    He was referring to Black Country Navigator, it’s like BCN but only covers the West Midlands.

    B.A.Nana
    Member

    ampthill – Member
    I don’t think people are reading other peoples posts

    With back country navigator you can have all the maps your phone will hold fpr £10
    As you quoted me, I guess it’s directed at me, but read my first post, I’m well aware of BCN, I’ve been using it for about 4 years. Doesn’t stop me following what else is out there and commenting on here, after all, the OP asked specifically about OSMaps.

    Premier Icon Rubber_Buccaneer
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    On the OS map app, I have yet to successfully import a gpx.

    I’ll ask whats up with this tomorrow

    Did this go anywhere? I don’t see any way to import a .gpx to the mobile app either. Create the route on your PC then you can’t use it on your mobile!

    If I email the .gpx to myself it either opens in the Memory Map app or, if I uninstall that I get told I don’t have an app that will open this file type.

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