Google is the owner of not one but two incredibly popular mapping and navigation apps, including Google Maps, which was developed in house, and Waze, which Google acquired for $1 billion in 2013. The two apps could not be more different, with Waze being the preferred navigation system for many drivers who appreciate the app’s brilliant crowd-sourced incident reporting features. Google has been trying to offer the same functionality inside Google Maps, an app that can better harness Google’s search power and actually make more money for the company. But that might not be enough to make you switch to Maps anytime soon.
Despite its inauspicious beginnings, Apple Maps is incredibly similar to Google Maps these days, but which is better? We explore some of the key differences between the two mapping services.
Google Maps has become an indispensable tool for many of us when we travel, offering a good enough one-stop solution for our navigation and exploration needs at most times. Google is constantly working on improving aspects of the service, recently adding landmark icons and a feature that alerts you when your taxi is going off-route. It looks like the company is also preparing a layer that highlights brightly lit streets so you can stay safe at night, especially when walking alone. Read More
Google Maps working on street lighting layer to help you stay safe at night was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
In its never-ending quest to make Google Maps as useful as possible, Google keeps adding features to its popular navigation app, including functionality you might not necessarily associate with a mapping application. That’s precisely the case for the following feature, which can be very helpful in all sorts of situations. It’s also the kind of functionality we never knew we needed, or saw coming.