Skobbler has released what it claims is “the ultimate map app” for Android.
ForeverMap 2 uses OpenStreetMap, the same open-source GPS navigation data project used by Apple in its own Maps service, combined with Skobbler’s NGx map engine, which the company says provides “a paperback-like map experience”.
The basic paid app, available on Google Play for $0.99 / €0.79, gives online access to all Skobbler’s city, country and continent maps. Users can then upgrade to get offline access to maps, including search and route display.
“We believe that our great experience with OpenStreetMap puts us in a unique position to offer modern smartphone and tablet users a powerful alternative to rival map services,” Skobbler co-founder Marcus Thielking said in a statement (via VentureBeat).
VentureBeat reports that a version of the app will be available for the iPhone 5 in the near future.