MapQuest has come out with an Android app which may work as an alternative to the Google Maps in the app marketplace. The MapQuest app provides turn by turn voice directions service to the users and it is completely free.
The MapQuest service was launched for India way back in November 2010 and it was said at that time that the Indian users can look forward to same features available to users elsewhere. By that logic, Indian users can look forward to turn by turn voice directions too.
The interface itself is easy to use and the maps have been created using the data from Navteq. The maps from MapQuest load quickly, and users have less chances of coming across any blank tiles. Users may also choose to locally cache the map tiles.
The users, however, shouldn’t expect Google Street View or an equivalent here, it also means that the MapQuest app has to cover a lot of ground before it competes with Google Maps or to stand out as a map service in the market. So far, anybody who owns an Android phone depends on Google Maps for turn by turn directions which come free.