By Joe Levi | February 16, 2011 4:25 PM
MapQuest was one of the very first online mapping and direction-finding websites. Today they finally have an Android app.
Like Waze and Google Maps Navigation, MapQuest is free — no trial period, no subscription. It offers spoken turn-by-turn navigation and voice search to make finding and driving to your destination easier — including the ability automatically re-route if you go off-course for whatever reason.
So far it’s nothing you haven’t seen before. What sets this app off from the crowd is its support for OpenStreetMap (OSM) which lets you use user-sourced maps to provide a more unique, local perspective, and possibly more detail than maps from a big mega-company.
Since OSM is a community-fed data source, if you notice something wrong (a new building or other trouble spots) you can submit a map “bug” to the OSM community so they can get working on a correction.
There are plenty of map and navigation apps in the Market today, but it’s nice to see an old, familiar face finally come to our phones. Give MapQuest a try and let us know what you think!