GPS Essentials

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GPS Essentials
Screenshot of GPS Essentials
Author: Michael Schollmeyer (
Version: 3.0 (2012-08-27)
Install: Google Play
License: free
Platform: Android
Programming language: Java

All-in-one solution

GPS Essentials ([1]) is an OpenStreetMap-based navigation app for Android. It is available as an ads-supported version. Ads can be switched off by purchasing a plugin.

Navigate, manage waypoints, tracks, routes, build your own dashboard from 45 widgets.


Shows navigation values such as: Accuracy, Altitude, Speed, Battery, Bearing, Climb, Course, Date, Declination, Distance, ETA, Latitude, Longitude, Max Speed, Min Speed, Actual Speed, True Speed, Sunrise, Sunset, Moonset, Moonrise, Moon Phase, Target, Time, TTG, Turn.


Show the orientation of the earth's magnetic field, shows an arbitrary tracking angle and the current target. Also a marine orienteering compass.


Record tracks and view them on map. Export KML files and import into Google Maps, Google Earth and others.


Manage routes and view them on map. Import KML files from Google Maps, Google Earth and others. Create turn-by-turn instructions between waypoints.


A camera HUD (heads-up display) view to show your waypoints, take pictures and share them.


A map to show your waypoints. Convert mail addresses of your contacts to waypoint so that they can be used within the app. Supports Google Maps, MapQuest, OpenStreetMap and others.


A list of all your waypoints with export and import (KML and GPX format).


A sky view of the current positions that shows satellites in view.


Supported position formats: UTM, MGRS, OSGB, Degree-Minute-Second, Degree-Minute-Fractions, Decimal. Supports over 230 datums. Waypoints, routes and tracks can be exported as KML or GPX files and sent by email or uploaded to Google Docs or DropBox.

The latest beta release is available at for download.


For support see [2].