I want to inform you about a new 3D map client for Android. It is called OSG-Explorer and is available on the Google Play Store at
It is primarily targeted at end users/consumers searching for places/POIs around their current location or anywhere in the world. A typical Location Based Service App based on OpenStreetMap. It displays the buildings as prismatic shapes with correct height where available and tagged using the appropriate tags. Otherwise, a default height is applied.
“Search and find nearby places close to your current location using a 3D map on your mobile device.
With OSG Explorer you have access to currently 7 Mio points of interest in various categories such as restaurants, bars, cafes, hotels, public transport, museums, cinemas, gas stations, parking lots, pharmacies, and hospitals around the world. More than 70 Mio buildings are displayed in 3D. Many entries provide detailed information on opening hours, type of service, contact address, telephone numbers, and accessibility for wheelchair users.”
The App can be also used by OSM editors who want to verify new height tag values. This may be useful for complex building structures that are modeled in a 2D editor like JOSM.
I made some tests editing the Hypo-Haus at http://www.openstreetmap.org/?lat=48.149801&lon=11.616792&zoom=18&layers=M
and the BMW Building at http://www.openstreetmap.org/?lat=48.17668&lon=11.56053&zoom=18&layers=M
using the JOSM editor.
The changes showed up almost instantly in the App, within a minute after restarting the App.
The software is still very beta, and the number of supported tags and relations is limited. Moreover, it may not run properly on older Android devices (as “older” I consider Android Gingerbread 2.3.x and previous versions). I would appreciate any error reports with details on the OS and device configuration so that I can fix the minimum requirements.
Wiki page: http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/OSG-Explorer