Osmand~ Fully Loaded and Free

Discussion in 'Mapping & Navigation' started by drp, Jul 7, 2019.

  1. drp

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    I have only been using offroad GPS Devices for a short while, and Osmand seems to be one of the better apps at the moment for offline navigation.
    Including downed GPX Files to follow.
    There may very well be much better apps and devices out there, but all in time.
    At the moment I have found 3 versions, virtually all the same.
    This may be of use to some of you, or just old news.

    Osmand free and Osmand + (plus) seem quite a popular android navigation app available from The Google Play Store or www.osmand.net, with the free version having a limit to the amount of maps being able to be downloaded and the + version costing £7.99 - edit: a one time purchase - for each device it is loaded on.

    But,
    There is a totally free, fully loaded version, with all the trimmings and maps available.

    Osmand~ (Osmand 'tilde')

    https://f-droid.org/en/packages/net.osmand.plus/

    A word of warning !!
    This install is not for beginners.
    But not difficult.

    Install this directly on your Android Phone
    I have installed this on a Samsung K-Zoom (same as S5), Samsung S7 and a Blackview BV6800 Pro

    Please study the picture below.

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    Go to this link :- https://f-droid.org/en/packages/net.osmand.plus/
    Click/Download and install 'DOWNLOAD F-DROID'
    This is the update package app, for later updates of Osmand~

    Click/Download and install 'Download APK 90 MiB'
    Follow the instructions on your android device when it has downloaded.

    Now you will have a fully working Osmand~ with all functions.
    Enabling you to add Contours, Hillshading and as many Map Downloads as you wish.

    ps: Once installed the picture gif views as Osmand + don't ask me why !! ??
    You may need several GB of space for the maps you want.
    You can store maps on SD Card in your device.

    Thank you.

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  2. flamingm0e

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    Just a note: the + version is a one time purchase. Not a yearly fee.

    F-Droid is legit. It's the free open source software app store alternative to Google play store. You can install F-DROID app and it acts like a second play store. Everything found on F-Droid is FOSS (free open source software).

    Don't be afraid to install this version. OsmAnd does offer the open source edition for free.
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  3. drp

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    Thank you for the update on the one time purchase.
    I will update above.
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  4. flamingm0e

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    It's not per device either.

    It follows your Google account.
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  5. drp

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    I was asked to pay on both devices.
    Their app seems limited in information, I wonder why !
    Komoot had no problem with this at all
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    flamingm0e Long timer

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    I have it installed on several phones and on my Android head unit in my 4runner. Currently 3 phones plus HU, but have had it on as many as 5 phones at one time (testing different devices).

    The only reasons you would have to pay again would be either:
    You're not logged in with the same Gmail account
    Or
    You don't have it in your family library
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  7. drp

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    Quite possibly,
    Most upset, lol
    Modern technology can trip you up sometimes
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  8. petertakov

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    I'm not installing on my phone any app from a source other than the official Google Play store, thank you.
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    I can understand that but OsmAnd is open source. The F-Droid app store is legitimately open source. It's not a pirated app store.
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  10. petertakov

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    Who are F-Droid store? Who shall I sue if some of the apps they distribute turns out to be malware? The apps in the official Play store are required to meet Google's safety standards and are being checked by Google for compliance - how does that work with F-Droid? Why would I take chances downloading apps from alternative stores if it is also available in Google's official and much safer play store?
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    flamingm0e Long timer

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    You don't understand open source apparently...
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  12. petertakov

    petertakov Been here awhile

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    I don't and that's why I asked these questions before "opening" all the personal information I have on my phone :-)
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    F-Droid is an app store for developers to upload their open source apps for people that can't get the play store, or are against using Google apps on their Android device, or for devices that aren't approved for Google services.

    Open source means the source code is reviewed by anyone that wants to look at it. Anything malicious is right there in the open, and not really a target for malicious software developers...since they can be found very easily.

    OsmAnd is open source. I can take the code directly from their GitHub and build it myself and put it on my devices.

    F-Droid makes that process easier for people that don't know how to compile and build.

    If you are anti-google but still want good apps on your AOSP device, then the F-Droid app store is the defacto option.
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  14. petertakov

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    ... or for apps that do not meet Google's standards. Anyway, I see no point in being against google and yet still using an Android phone :-)) A bit like riding around on a motorcyle carrying slogans against fossil fuels.
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    flamingm0e Long timer

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    When you get into the development world surrounding Android you will quickly realize what changes Google makes to Android for their devices. While Android is "owned" by Google, Google doesn't "make Android". Android is open source and as such doesn't require Google to be used as an os for different devices.
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    It was developed and originally built by Andy Ruben (sp).

    It is distributed by Google but the entire OS is actually open source and developed by Google and thousands of open source contributors. The entire OS can be built without Google at all.

    I've been deeply involved in Android since 2010...
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    Well, you should fix the Wiki article then.

    But being deeply involved with Android for so long, you should be able to answer my questions above plain and simple. Which place has tighter controls against malicious code - Google's Play store or the open source depositories?
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    No need to beat up on flamingm0e. He just seems like a dude that knows his sh...stuff and is trying to calmly explain it to some of us who aren't as knowledgeable.
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  20. petertakov

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    I'll be the first to admit that I know almost nothing about Android development. That is exactly the reason why I asked those questions. I dude who knows his stuff should have no problem at all answering them plain and simp!e.
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