MapQuest Android App Launched
MapQuest has unveiled a new Android app that comes with voice-guided/turn-by-turn Navigation, voice search, a map toolbar (making it easily find restaurants, gas stations, etc. with one click), walking/driving directions, recommendations for the best routes, rotating maps, and live traffic flow/incidents.
On the traffic feature, the company says it has extensive coverage updated every 5 minutes.
"And then there’s this OSM Stuff," says MapQuest’s Michael Iams. "So what exactly is OSM? Why would I want to use it? OpenStreetMap is a collaborative, “by the people, for the people” mapping movement. It’s basically a living map that is improved every day by people just like you. Disney World, Dallas (site of Superbowl XLV) or just your own neighborhoods — now you can flip a switch on your Android device and map what’s important to you."
OSM features OSM Maps, which are user-sourced maps that provide unique, local perspective nad detail, bug logging for OSM, and international maps.
MapQuest says millions of its users are already using its mobile site from Android devices, so there should be a pretty fair amount of people using the new app. That means some more competition for Google Maps.
The app provides a similar experience to MapQuest’s iPhone app.