Top 10 Car Apps for Android
Must-Have Car Apps for Android
Apple's not the only manufacturer with a hot-selling phone. Samaung's Galaxy S III, which runs on Google's Android OS, sold 20 million units in its first 100 days with no signs of slowing down. Many other manufacturers, like Motorola, HTC and LG, also contribute to the millions of new and existing Android users. We've got a list of Top Apps for the iPhone, but for the non-Cupertino crowd, here's a Top 10 Must-Have Car App list for those who prefer their phones' OSes be named after tasty desserts.
Some of these apps are available right out-of-the-box when you buy an Android phone, while others require downloading (and in some cases, purchasing) though the Google Play Store (formerly known as the Android Market).
Before we reveal them a PSA is in order. Please keep your hands on the wheel when you drive. Either get your App in gear before starting the engine, or have your passenger access the technology gods. Safety always comes first!
10. GPS Test
GPS Test is a great application that uses your phone's GPS and a-GPS (assisted by cell and wifi networks) to determine your speed and elevation, something fun for a passenger to use when you're driving through mountains (or to verify your current speed). It also tracks how many GPS satellites are in 'view' as you move around to different areas.
9. Speedview: GPS Speedometer
SpeedView is an advanced speedometer application that uses the phone's built-in GPS system to show your current, maximum and average speed, as well as the direction, total distance traveled and duration of your trip. It was interesting to note that one of our vehicles' speedometers was approximately 5 mph off at 65 mph when compared with this app’s satellite-based readings.
8. Fuel Log - Car Management
Fuel Log does exactly what you think it does: tracks and logs your mileage, fuel consumption, maintenance status, service visits and costs of operating your car. Know exactly how much your vehicle costs to operate. Everything is managed in an effective and easy-to-use interface.
7. Offline Maps (Several to choose from; our favorite is simply called 'Maps')
Offline Maps give you the ability to cache and store maps from different parts of the world. This is especially useful if you plan to travel to an unfamiliar international area and don't want to spend a lot of precious time and money waiting for the maps to download on what's sure to be a very expensive roaming data connection. Renting a car in a foreign land can be daunting enough – take some stress out of it by having offline maps ready to guide the way.
6. Music Identification Services (tie between Shazam and Soundhound)
Shazam Entertainment and Soundhound, Inc.
How many times have you been in a car and heard a song for the first -- or millionth -- time and can’t identify the artist? These two apps will eliminate that frustrating feeling. Some content even features scrolling lyrics so you can sing along to your new favorite song.
5. Streaming Radio Services (tie between Pandora and Spotify)
Pandora, and Spotify, Ltd.
Are you one of the lucky new car owners with Bluetooth audio streaming? Are you like many others who have an AUX input? Grab a cable or wirelessly connect your phone to your car and enjoy an endless supply of music from either of these two juggernaut streaming audio providers.
The 900-pound gorilla of location-based business searches, Yelp is a must-have when you’re on-the go. With OpenTable and Facebook integration (without leaving the app), it's easy to find the best local eateries and have a table waiting when you arrive.
An absolutely essential app for Android, Compass does more than just point you in the right direction. You can also geo-tag locations and keep track of places you visited. Choose from a variety of layouts and compass designs.
2. Street View
by Google, Inc.
Street View is a compliment to Android’s mapping and navigation software that allows you to see exactly what something looks like – at street level. It’s perfect when you’re looking for an obscure restaurant or shop that’s hard to locate from the car. Just bring up an image beforehand and know what to look for!
1: Google Maps
It should come as no surprise that Google Maps earns the top spot. Powerful, fast, innovative, and with 3D and street-view capabilities, Google Maps is a must-have feature for all Android users. Good thing it comes standard on every device.