Q&A Need a LIGHTWEIGHT quality mapping app to replace Google Maps on Samsung

conceptualclarity

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I have been using a smartphone for about a year and a half, so I'm still a relative newbie with it. I have a Samsung Galaxy S7 Active.

Google Maps on my phone tends to be infuriatingly slow and to cause the system to have long bouts of unresponsiveness, with the "System UI unresponsive" window coming up often. The phone runs fine when I come home and make no use of Google Maps.

I would like suggestions for the best alternative mapping apps. Of course I obviously need something lighter than Google Maps. I have tried Waze and MapFactor and did not find them satisfactory.

If you have ideas about changes I could make that might enable the system to tolerate Google Maps better, that will be welcome also.

DROID INFO REPORT

DEVICE
Model: SAMSUNG-SM-G891A (poseidonlteuc)
Manufacturer: samsung
Baseband Version: G891AUCS6CSG2
RIL Version: Samsung RIL v4.0
Build Number: R16NW.G891AUCS6CSG2
Build Fingerprint: samsung/poseidonlteuc/poseidonlteatt:8.0.0/R16NW/G891AUCS6CSG2:user/release-keys
Bootloader: G891AUCS6CSG2
Java VM: ART 2.1.0
OS Version: O (8.0.0)
SDK: 26

DISPLAY
Resolution: Full HD, 1080x1920 pixels
Software Density: 480 dpi (xxhdpi)
Refresh Rate: 60 Hz

PROCESSOR
CPU Architecture: ARMv8-A
Board: msm8996
Chipset: Qualcomm Technologies, Inc MSM8996
Cores: 4
Clock Speed: 1593 MHz - 2150 MHz
Instruction Sets: arm64-v8a
CPU Features: fp asimd evtstrm aes pmull sha1 sha2 crc32
CPU Governor: interactive
Kernel Version: 3.18.71-15820403
Kernel Architecture: aarch64

GRAPHICS
Renderer: Adreno (TM) 530
Vendor: Qualcomm
OpenGL Version: OpenGL ES 3.2

RAM
Total: 3722 MB
Java Heap: 256 MB

STORAGE
Internal: 22.9 GB
EXTERNAL: Not Detected

FEATURES
Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth LE: Yes
GPS: Yes
NFC: Yes
USB Accessory: Yes
WiFi: Yes
WiFi Direct: Yes

BATTERY
Technology: Li-ion
Health: Good

SENSORS
K6DS3TR Accelerometer
K6DS3TR Accelerometer Uncalibrated
AK09911C Magnetometer
AK09911C Magnetometer Uncalibrated
K6DS3TR Gyroscope
K6DS3TR Gyroscope Uncalibrated
TMD490X ALS_PRX
TMD490X ALS_PRX
BMP280 Barometer
Gravity
Linear Acceleration
Rotation Vector
Step Detector
Step Counter
Significant Motion Detector
Game Rotation Vector
Orientation
Tilt Detector
Pick Up Gesture
Gyro Interrupt
TMD490X WideIR
SensorHub type
TMD490X ALS_PRX-CCT
AMD
RMD
Rear Ambient Light
Rear Proximity detecting
HRMLED IR
HRMLED RED
MAX86902
Screen Orientation Sensor
HRM Sensor
HeartRate Sensor
Motion Sensor
Orientation Sensor
 
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rain2reign

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Jun 21, 2020
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I prefer OpenStreetMap over Google Maps myself. Like the maps more visually, among others especially since I am not interested in the additional data like Wikipedia, travel ticket prices etc.

But on android a company and software by the name of https://osmand.net/ has made an app based on the data of openstreetmap. They have a free and paid app. Differences you can find on their website help page.[Link to the free app on G-Play] OsmAnd — Offline Maps, Travel & Navigation - Apps on Google Play, or you can download the apk from their website.

Maybe that's something worth considering for your use-case.
 
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