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Best Marine Apps for Android Devices

Android Devices

 

Following on from our recent post about the best Apple iOS marine apps, I have finally collected together a list of the “best” Android Marine Apps. I tentatively use the word “best” as I did struggle to compile this list and found that the quality and quantity of marine apps for Android devices fell well below that for Apple iOS devices. Bearing in mind the number of Android devices in the market, I found this quite surprising and feel there is definitely room for improvement and opportunities in the Android App market for a good marine charting app that accepts wireless NMEA data.

Perhaps because of the faster adoption of “Droid” phones in the US, many of the charting apps are very US focused and use the free NOAA raster and vector charts, although it was good to see that some of the app developers were now supporting charts for Europe and the Rest of the World. Do look closely at chart coverage and prices though, when selecting a charting app otherwise you could find yourself sailing with Google or OpenStreet Maps rather than real marine charts.

This list is not definitive and does focus on apps that support electronic charts and/or wireless NMEA but it will give you a good reference point to start your search from. Pricing is purely indicative and is based on the cost of the app, cost of the charts (if applicable) and the functionality/value that you get.

Click on the table below to enlarge and click here to download a PDF version that includes the web links to the Google Play Store.

Marine Android Apps

2 Comments

  1. Sneak preview of NavLink for Android on Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet | Digital Yacht Ltd says:

    […] well as our new NavLink, there are a growing list of Marine Apps for Android – click here to see our previous post about Android […]

  2. Wouter Kuik says:

    Also try the New WinGPS Marine apps from Stentec with AIS and other NMEA instruments trough WIFI/TCP. Easy routing, meteo and tides, advanced dataplotter. See http://www.stentec.com

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