Author Topic: Android/Smartphone GPX tracking/navigation Apps  (Read 1228 times)


  • Where there is doubt...
Android/Smartphone GPX tracking/navigation Apps
« on: January 30, 2018, 10:05:36 am »
I'm increasingly thinking that smartphone navigation/tracking apps are the way to go for riders not particularly interested in the training bells and whistles (HRM/Cadence/Power Meters, Strava Integration, whatev.) and simply want to follow a preset route and record their progress.

Advice/Recommendations on GPS Apps and phone mounts welcome. :)


  • Most of me survived the Pennine Bridleway.
Re: Android/Smartphone GPX tracking/navigation Apps
« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2018, 11:29:19 am »
Have a look at AAT.  I only use it for recording a gpx of rides (for which it works well) so I can't comment on it's other features.  Available from f-droid and it has a light set of permission requirements.
2020 targets: None
There is only one infinite resource in this universe; human stupidity.

Re: Android/Smartphone GPX tracking/navigation Apps
« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2018, 02:58:26 pm »
For android apps look at Osmand or Locus Maps.  I've used both and prefer the paid for version of Locus Maps (a stunning £6).

My current bike mount is one of these which allows a plastic bag as rainproofing should the situation require it.

 I have used plastic holders in the past and they are fine but usually die due to stress failures from poor design.

This specific model fitted by needs well as I have a large phone (Huawei Honor Note 8 = 6.6 inch screen)

Re: Android/Smartphone GPX tracking/navigation Apps
« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2018, 03:53:27 pm »
Yesterday with no navigation req'd, instead of my usual Etrex, I thought I'd log a ride just on my phone using the resurrected MyTracks.  What could possibly go wrong I thought.  mid ride - stopped and took some  photos using phone, then looked down and phone was restarting!  Don't know if it was a crash or i fumbled buttons to cause it.  Anyway fortunately the logging had autosaved somehow.  I have definitely had previous Strava crashes (and lost all) when taking pics, and gave up 2/3yrs ago with OsmAnd due to the ease of of messing up navigation display by fumbling something, and inexplicable crashes.  I do like the OsmAnd display/functionality, and it may be more stable on Android 7.  Etrex for the moment.
Destroying rainforest for economic gain is like burning a Renaissance painting to cook a meal.  EOW.


  • rothair gasta
Re: Android/Smartphone GPX tracking/navigation Apps
« Reply #4 on: February 05, 2018, 05:57:50 pm »
You don't have to use the same app for everything. You can use several apps to do different things.

For logging a track, I like GPS Logger for Android. It is simple and reliable, and lots of options to tweak if you want. You can decrease the recording frequency to save battery life.

OsmAnd is pretty good for maps and navigation, it has quite a lot of features. Though can be a bit confusing.

Maps.Me can be good for quick and easy maps, and simple routing.

Re: Android/Smartphone GPX tracking/navigation Apps
« Reply #5 on: February 06, 2018, 12:11:17 am »
I'm a hardcore phone GPSer. So much so that I've written (shameless plug) my own app for navigating. I simultaneously use Strava for logging and find it very reliable, at least if you have a phone with enough RAM that launching the camera doesn't cause Strava to be killed.

The Quadlock cases are very good and have a great range of mounts. I leave my Quadlock case on all the time as it does a great job protecting the phone without making it bulky.

I recommend using a waterproof phone, which includes the iPhone 7/8/X and a subset of Sonys and Samsungs. Charging the phone in the wet is solved by Vaselining the plug thoroughly (don't do this with a phone where the charging port isn't sealed from the phone innards!).