I need a GPS for driving around in France. I have an Android phone with GPS (HTC Thunderbolt) but will not have phone or Internet service in Europe. Will OSM work as a GPS-only map on my Android? Does OSM have street maps of France (Marseille, Lyon, etc.). Thanks! JL

asked 15 May '12, 21:44

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This answer is probably too late but yes, for all reasonably-sized cities in France the map is perfectly detailed.

(In small villages OTOH you may find yourself with only the main streets, and not capable to find a "remote address" other than around village center.)

I have the experience of using OSM mapping on a Garmin (for turn-by-turn guidance) and it definitely works perfectly well here.

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answered 05 Jun '12, 21:57

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OruxMaps works well and will show your position on openstreetmap and its free and will cache the map although the routing is only as good as the map.It will take a lot of time and memory space to cache it so is best for smaller areas.

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answered 19 May '12, 16:00

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Quite new is also the app "Mapfactor Navigator free" ... available via play.google.com

It uses vector maps as well, and in some points it has a better address search function than OsmAnd.

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answered 18 May '12, 17:06

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You can create one easily. Try the following steps: 1) Get the france.osm.bz2 from http://downloads.cloudsmade.com 2) Install osmosis tool 3) Run the mapsforge file-writer plugin on the france osm file. This will create a vector map file 4) Install Advanced mapsforge APK viewer (download from http://code.google.com/p/mapsforge/) 5) Copy the france vector map file to the mobile device for offline use. Use the advanced map viewer to open the vector map file.

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answered 16 May '12, 13:06

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You can find a list of programs and features for Android phones on the wiki. I use OsmAnd+ that allows you to download vector maps over every region in France.

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answered 15 May '12, 22:31

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And to check what data are available in Marseille, Lyon, etc.., go to the main site www.openstreetmap.org and use the slippy map to see how far streets are detailled (basically, I can tell you that cities and towns are all very well mapped in France but it is much more variable in country side).

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