Good morning, folks! Today we’ll be looking at five of the best Android apps for working, travelling and surviving outdoors. Are you ready? Let’s do it!
5. Field Trip
This Google-developed app is as good outdoors as it is in urban areas, offering up plenty of critical recommendations of attractions, restaurants and other points of interest to visit.
I used it in the morning after I set out from my hadrian’s wall accommodation, allowing me to make decisions on which things I should go and look at on my day off. The Field Trip app also integrates well with Google Now, and should even show up in the new Google Now widget that was released this week.
Runtastic is a comprehensive app that’s good for more than just running – for any kind of outdoors exercise, the app is perfect for recording your trials and monitoring your progress.
The app also has a strong social network aspect, where you can encourage your friends to run together and become more active.
This app is one of the most robust GPS replacements that I’ve seen. The app’s chief strength is providing navigational information for a wide range of resources, including excellent topgraphic maps.
If you’re planning on exploring, hunting, fishing, off-roading, kayaking or backpacking, the BackCountry Navigator can be a lifesaver.
Geocaching is a rather cool form of outdoor puzzle solving and exploration, where people leave hidden items scattered all over the world. By viewing the cache’s GPS coordinates and reading its description, you should be able to find the cache and record your name.
With the app, you’ll be able to see nearby caches and retrieve this valuable information without needing to write it down first. It’s a great game to play, and there are caches in places you’d never expect – even next door to my Hadrian’s Wall cottage.
1. My Tracks
My Tracks is a rather ingenious yet simple app produced by Google themselves. All you need to do is turn it on when you’re travelling outdoors, and it’ll record your route using GPS.
While you’re going, you can see how far you’ve come, add notes to your path and even hear voice announcements of your current status, e.g. distance and speed. The app also provides a nice graph of your activities once you’re finished.
It’s a very low-friction way of recording your exercise without needing to enter in a thousand details – I was surprised how often I used it when I was training for the half marathon in Bristol.
So there you have it – five brilliant Android apps for use outdoors. Thanks so much for reading and be sure to let me know what you think! Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got some travelling to do!
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