Mapping applications for your phone

Since this post was originally published in 2011 there have been a lot of changes in the apps that use Ordnance Survey mapping or data, but this post is not being updated.

We now have our own official apps available: see our OS Apps Page for more information, as well as a software development kit to make creating new apps based on Ordnance Survey data easier.

Location based applications are big business in the Smartphone market and none more so than apps using Ordnance Survey data. Recently, we’ve had calls and emails from the public through our Customer Services Department and posts from our Facebook wall, asking which applications are available.

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With the help of my colleagues Phil, Stefan and James; we’ve compiled a list of the free and paid for mobile mapping applications available.

Application: OS Atlas
Platform: Android
Scales: 1 50 000 – Streetview
The OS Atlas application features smooth scrolling a compass, augmented reality as well as paths and waypoints. There is a free and paid version, the latter has no advertising. This application is suitable for rambling and getting around town.

Application: CompeGPS
Platform: Android, iPhone and Windows mobile
Scales: Topographical and 1: 50 000 – 1: 25 000
The CompeGPS is an on and off-road navigation system, which will assist you whilst driving and enhance your outdoor experience whilst hiking, biking and geocaching. You can load tracks, routes and waypoints for your adventure. The software can be purchased from their online store.

Application: Mudmaps
Platform: iPhone
Scales: 1: 50 000 – 1: 25 000
Mudmaps offers you a range of mapping for your outdoor adventures. It uses the iPhone’s inbuilt GPS to work out where you are and displays your location on screen, then it’ll work out where you need to go next. The app is available to download from their online store.

Application: Anquet
Platform: iPhone
Scales: 1: 50 000 – 1: 25 000
There are easy route-planning tools that enable you to plot routes on familiar digital mapping directly on your iPhone and all the virtual GPS functions you need to find your way on the hill. The app is available to download from the iPhone AppStore priced at £19.99.

Application: Memory Map
Platform: iPhone
Scales: 1: 50 000 – 1: 25 000
The Memory-Map mapping application turns your iPhone into an outdoors GPS. It allows you to view and navigate with our maps as well as topo maps, marine and aviation charts. The app is available to download from the iPhone AppStore priced at £19.49; there is a free version available too. Software can also be purchased through our map shop.

Application: Garmin
Platform: Garmin GPS Devices
Scales: 1: 50 000 – 1: 25 000
Although not strictly for your phone, this application fits all Garmin handheld devices. Turn-by-turn navigation anywhere in Great Britain is made possible with integrated street maps. Search, select and navigate to street addresses and attractions and follow routes on foot, in car or by bike using the familiar Ordnance Survey backdrop. The  SD Cards or downloads are  available from the Garmin  web shop and prices start at £129.99.

Application: Viewranger from Augmentra
Platform: Android, iPhone and Symbian
Scales: 1: 50 000 – 1: 25 000
ViewRanger works without mobile coverage as its maps are stored on the phone. It will display maps, record tracks, navigate, show points-of-interest and display its panorama without a mobile network connection. The app is available to download from these app stores and prices start at £3.00.

Application: Northport from Fugawi
Platform: For use on PDA’s – Compatibility table
Scales: 1: 50 000 – 1: 25 000
By uploading Ordnance Survey maps from Fugawi you can navigate your way using your PDA. Transfer waypoints, tracks and routes between your PC and PDA. The app is available to download from their online store and prices start from $99.95. A free ten day trial is available.

Application: Outdoors Great Britain
Platform: iPhone/iPad
Scales: 1: 50 000 – 1: 25 000

Brings you the full range of Ordnance Survey maps all in one app. With the maps fully downloaded to your iPhone/ iPad, OutDoors will work anywhere regardless of iPhone signal and find your location in seconds. Just go to the in-app store and select your chosen area to download. The initial application is £4.99.

Application: RouteBuddy
Platform: iPhone, iPad,
Scales: 1: 50 000 – 1: 25 000
RouteBuddy supplies topo, aerial, road and Ordnance Survey mapping, “to help you wherever you are or wherever you’re going”. RouteBuddy Atlas for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch is free from the iTunes store. There is a paid for app, available to download from their online store priced at £39.98 . Software can also be purchased through our map shop.

Application: Telmap
Platform: Mobile and Smartphones
Scales: Address-Point and Points of interest
The application from Telmap can be used as an in-car SatNav which features live traffic information or as a guide when walking in town. You can also search for places to get directions and also share route information with others. The app is available to download from their online store.

Do you know of any other mapping apps that could be added to this list, whether they’re free or paid for?

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