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Published: Wednesday January 9, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Monday April 22, 2013 MYT 5:06:00 PM

Getting around town easily

Awesome Apps is StarMetro’s new weekly column that identifies ‘cool’ applications for smartphone and tablet users. This week we highlight three navigation apps that do more than tell you where to go.

Almost everyone owns a smartphone or tablet these days.

And to go along with it, there are thousands of applications or apps, as it is known, for users to download and complement their daily device usage. But what are the cool apps to have?

Weekly, this column — Awesome Apps — will point out a few useful apps. This week, we review three navigation apps that we think is a must for any smartphone user.

Waze (Android, iOS, WinPhone and Blackberry)

It is a free community-based traffic and navigation app for those on the move. This app gives users live traffic reports.

Based on the information gathered from its users, Waze would publish colour coded congested areas on its map. This alert would allow one to find alternative routes while on the go. It is easy to use.

Basically, Waze gathers traffic information from users by calculating data transmitted via users’ 3G or Wi-Fi connections, to generate reports.

Users also have the option to report an accident, police speed traps and other hazards on the road. It also allows users to chat via the app.

It is must-have app if you are travelling during peak hours. The “live” traffic report is accurate and useful.

Glympse (Android, iOS, WinPhone and Blackberry)

This app allows users to share information of their whereabouts with others.

Glympse would gather the longitude and latitude position of the user. Based on this information, the users can sent their whereabouts via SMS or email to any recipients who would in turn use the data received to navigate to the location.

This free app can be delivered to individuals or groups. It also allows one to post it on Facebook or Twitter.

Glympse also has a special feature to control the duration the message should be displayed to its recipients. The app is user-friendly and easy to operate.

Google Maps (Android, iOS)

Google Maps is back on the iPhone. It was released three weeks ago and unlike the original app that came with earlier Apple devices, this new app has been redesigned.

It has new features such as turn-by-turn navigation and street views. Users also have an option to have it on 2D or 3D views. It also provides real-time traffic reports. The design and navigation interface are cool as well.

Gmail account holders can also sign-in the app, allowing them to save favourite destinations, which could be viewed on either their phones or computer later.

> Readers can also send their suggestions to awesomeapps@thestar.com.my

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