Ordnance Survey has entered the Android market for the first time with the launch of its OS MapFinder app.
OS Mapfinder on a Samsung Galaxy S3
The app, which has been available on iOS since earlier this year and proving very popular, is a welcome addition to the national mapping authority’s digital portfolio of products and a must-see for Android outdoor enthusiasts and people looking to explore more of Great Britain.
Nick Giles, General Manager of Ordnance Survey Leisure, said: “We are delighted to enter the Android market with an app that has been very successful on iOS devices and bring its great capabilities to Android users.
“We have been keen to incorporate many of the features the iOS version of OS MapFinder boasts including the option to both import and export routes. We’ve also added the feature for Android users to be able to lock orientation on the app. Many other features are still in development for the Android version and we’re already looking forward to bringing users the first update.”
Users can easily share between OS MapFinder and OS getamap, with over 250,000 routes uploaded in OS getamap, there is already plenty to explore. The feature allows the sharing of routes across both of Ordnance Survey leisure platforms, enabling users to see, and explore routes on the most trusted and highest quality digital mapping of Great Britain.
OS MapFinder is free to download from the ‘Travel and Local’ category of Google Play Store and includes free overview mapping for the whole of Great Britain. Once downloaded OS MapFinder allows users to purchase and download more detailed map data for outdoor use.
A unique feature of the fast and easy to use app is the tile download facility, which provides users with the ultimate freedom to choose the maps they want. All maps are stored on the device, meaning they can be used even without a Wi-Fi or mobile signal, improving reliability and the experience of using the maps outdoors. OS MapFinder allows users to record or draw their walking, cycling or running routes, adding photos and commentary along the way.
Nick added: “OS MapFinder is a must have mapping app for anyone who enjoys the outdoors. If you are planning a holiday or day trip; then explore the area in added detail with OS MapFinder. We look forward to hearing customer feedback as we have with the iOS version and enhance the Android app in the future.”
The OS MapFinder app is free to download from the Google Play Store.