As an Android user, you would be forgiven for having never used a navigation app other than Google Maps. It's not perfect, but it's available for free and remains one of the best GPS solutions around, especially if you live in the US. Yet before Google Maps grew into a household names, MapQuest was synonymous with looking up directions online. Now a redesigned version of its mobile app has found its way into the Play Store. Meet MapQuest version 2.0.

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The new MapQuest tosses aside its old Gingerbread-friendly looks in favor of a much flatter interface. It may not integrate quite as nicely as Google Maps (no surprise there), but it makes more of an effort than alternative apps such as Sygic and SmartGPS. The maps themselves are made with higher-resolution images, and users can interact with multiple layers in order to find nearby businesses and attractions. Turn-by-turn navigation has also seen enhancements such as better real-time traffic re-routing.

What's new:

Beautifully re-designed for Android, version 2.0 incorporates the useful features you need into precise vector maps to help you get where you need to go. Version 2.0 boasts:

  • Traffic conditions on route – Your route turns red (heavy) or yellow (some brake lights) to keep you informed of live traffic conditions
  • Exquisite, eye-catching map styling
  • Custom home/work bookmarking
  • Road alerts
  • Location sharing
  • Audio mute capabilities
  • Advanced search capabilities

MapQuest is available for free, so go ahead, take it out for a spin. It might just help you see the world in a different way. And with any luck, you won't have to fire up Google Maps to get back home.

Source: MapQuest

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Josh Perlstein

    Haha. Mapquest.

    • mgfjd12

      The new Google maps sucks. I have been using mapquest and it's definitely better for people with traveling jobs. I have tried to contact Google on how useless the new app is

  • Matthew Fleisher

    My Google maps stopped navigating several updates back so definitely need a new solution.

  • wolfkabal

    Does it support real local caching? I'm still missing this from the GMaps updates (At least how it used to function)

  • George Av

    the performance is bloody amazing!

  • Chad

    Wow totally forgot MapQuest existed. Can someone please just acq-hire them to make them still feel like they are revelant?

  • George Av

    fails to load root on offical 4.3 for the s3...

  • mgfjd12

    The new Google maps sucks. I have been using mapquest and it's definitely better for people with traveling jobs.

    • George Av

      Well the new google maps are better for me, and my mates when we go mtb...

      • mgfjd12

        I'm a mountain biker, I use Google maps but It's not a most feature when I hit the trails.

  • Todd Fagan

    Try WAZE, I have been using it for years with great luck!

    • Matthew Fry

      Enjoy it while it lasts. It will eventually be absorbed by the Google collective.

    • John Smith

      I agree. Crowd-sourced map data is way better than anything else available today. In the Seattle area, police presence is very quickly reported, as are accidents. My only worry is that politicians will try and put an end to this much information whilst on the go.

  • Mr-Glass

    I did not see anywhere if this has offline navigation, that would be worth an install on the N7 wifi.

    • Core2

      maybe u can try osmand. they have offline navigation too + search. http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/offline-gps-maps-osmand/

      • shonangreg

        I like OsmAnd+ for two primary reasons, ad I was a big google Maps fan early on:
        1) It uses OpenStreetMap as its base, so no corporation is going to be controlling your contributions
        2) Marking a place as a favorite is drop-dead easy, like it should be and better than google Maps has ever been, and google Maps is getting worse and worse. Numerous places on google Maps I cannot star. The option just isn't there, from mobile or from a web page. Long press a place on OsmAnd+ anywhere, and you get a pop-up showing its coordinates. Press the pop-up and you can add I to your favorites and give it a name and category right there. I love google, but I've pretty much given up on contributing anything other than photos to their database -- and I'd like to transfer all my photos to a more open source project and manage them myself. Google really sux on this aspct of end-user mapping.

    • Cerberus_tm

      The reviews in the Play Store say it hasn't.

  • polesmoker99

    "Oh wow! So excited for the new Mapquest app," said no one ever.

  • branden

    "MapQuest For Android 2.0" this sounds like it was made for eclair

  • didibus

    Is there an accurate offline map app that has turn by turn for android?

    • Chris Laudermilk

      I've been using CoPilot for a while now. Not cheap, but it does the job well and is offline.

  • didibus

    I'm impressed, the UI is actually highly functional. I'd say even more functional than Google Maps. Sadly, maps apps are just as good as their accuracy, which I feel Google Maps is king at.

  • http://www.LOVEanon.org/ Michael Oghia (Ogie)

    Why hasn't Google bought them yet??

  • Primalxconvoy

    Google maps has been simply awful for me in Japan. Is this app any better?

    • xnadax

      Possibly. The MapQuest maps are WAY better than Google Maps for Sweden. Google Maps is missing whole towns here.