GPS Navigation vs. GPS Tracker: What’s the Difference?

Updated: 4 days ago

GPS stands for Global Positioning System. It’s a global navigation satellite system that provides location, velocity and time synchronization.


The Global Positioning System (GPS) was originally developed for use by the United States military, but in the 1980s, the US government allowed the system to be used for civilian purposes. The GPS is provided free of cost by satellite everywhere and is always available and works anywhere in the world.


The common people tend to confuse between GPS navigator and GPS tracker. Often, we heard about why is there a need to install GPS tracking device which cost money, when there are “free downloadable” GPS apps at the Google play store, e.g. the Waze and the Apple Maps available on the App store in our smartphones. It effectively makes our smartphones work exactly like a standalone GPS.



GPS Tracker Malaysia


The Differences between GPS Navigation & GPS Tracker are as follows:-


GPS Navigation

  • Never get lost – Always know where you are. For instance, when you make a trip to a new city or state.

  • Get detailed directions – Typing in your exact destination address, will ensure you reaching your destination quickly and timely.

  • Traffic information – Real-time traffic updates. If there is any type of traffic accident, road closure or hazard, the app will alert you and offer automatic re-routing to avoid stuck in traffic.

  • Show estimated time of arrival – If you want to go from point A to point B, it will show the estimated time of arrival based on traffic condition. So you can plan your trip.

  • Data Usage – GPS in smartphone uses mobile internet data. If you often use it, then you need a larger data plan to ensure it functions properly.

  • The Similarity: GPS Navigation System and GPS Tracker both receive data from the satellites.


GPS Tracker