Countries, regions and streets change slowly over time, but the mobile applications that graph them constantly evolve, both to compete with each other, and in the quest to provide the most complete and easy-to-use service. Google Maps and Apple Maps are the most popular map platforms of the moment, and for this reason, in this guide we have decided to compare them to tell you, which is the best for you.
Google Maps celebrated its 15th anniversary with interface updates and new features. Increasingly, Google is positioning Maps as a lifestyle app in addition to a navigation app.
A new icon bar at the bottom of the interface with five main menu items underscores a redoubled effort to identify database and social features. The previous tabs were Explore, Switch and For you, while the new tab scheme divides the For You section into Saved, Contribute and Updates. All of this brings mostly existing information from nested menus to the application surface.
But Apple is not far behind. A week before Google made its announcement, the bitten apple company notified that it had completed the rollout of its full Maps update for all users in the US. Although observers noted that as of January 30, 2020, the Apple map did not yet include US territories. USA o Puerto Rico, which combined represent 1.1 percent of the population.
Apple also announced its intention to do for maps in Europe what it had accomplished in the continental United States, with a special emphasis on offering new features. Look Around Y Collections that give Apple Maps a refined, elegant and distinctive aura, while maintaining its core promise of user privacy.
Apple Maps was designed exclusively for Apple devices: iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watches. Google Maps is cross-platform, but Apple Maps is not. Apple Maps is integrated in all branded mobile devices, so if you want to use Google Maps, you must download it from the App Store.
Thereafter, Apple users can use Google Maps in the same way as they do with other third-party applications. And many continue to do that despite the valuable improvements to Apple Maps in iOS 12 and 13.
In Apple Maps, surfaces are flatter and show more predetermined locations. The user interface is also clean and simple. You can search for a specific location using the search bar at the bottom of the screen, and change the map settings (map, satellite, or transit) by tapping the Information, in the upper right corner. Apple also has custom cones for landmarks like the Empire State Building, and you can see the current weather anywhere you are looking in the lower right corner.
For its part, Google Maps has fewer cones presented on the screen, but it has more options to change your map: explore, drive, transit, satellite, terrain, traffic and cycling. Also, Google has 3D models for most buildings. We must admit that, although Apple has this function in some places, it is not as regular as in Google Maps.
Both applications have a current location button on the screen: the arrow on Apple Maps and the target on Google Maps. Google also has a button for the Google Assistant, quick access to enter an address and settings for your Google account and map (Apple also has these functions, but they are integrated into the operating system of your device).
When it comes to the actual navigation screen, Apple is once again very simple, as it doesn't have a lot of cones on the screen, limiting distractions, especially if you use the app while driving. However, if you widen or choose the walk option, you will see more locations.
On the other hand, Google has a little more cones, but most are gas stations and parking lots; places where you will probably need to stop if you are driving. Similarly, if you choose the way of walking, you will see more general locations.
One feature we love is that they both base their arrival estimates on current traffic conditions. Red sections along your route indicate heavy traffic, yellow is moderate, and blue is little to no. You can also see various alerts, from accidents to road closures. Google is a little clearer when it comes to how traffic will affect your trip, by displaying travel time in red to indicate that there is a lot of traffic.
Google has a few more options on the home screen, such as sound, compass, and quick search, making it easier to adjust your settings on the fly. Although this information is also available on Apple Maps, you must access it from the bottom of the screen and press the corresponding category, which makes it a little more complicated.
Without a doubt, one of the most outstanding features of Apple Maps is its integration with iOS. Tell Siri where you want to go, and she will start the process for you. You can also open maps, cancel a route in progress and make other small adjustments using only your voice. As if that were not enough, Apple Maps uses vector graphics, which means that you will end up spending less data, compared to when you navigate in Google Maps.
But, probably the best function of Apple Maps is the fast navigation mode, since with it you can explore populated urban centers, in 3D landscapes. Flyover It also has what is known as City Tours, which will guide you through various landmarks in a city. And the truth is that currently, Google Maps does not have something similar (although Google Tour Creator is coming).
On the other hand, Google has Street View, which provides panoramic views of many streets around the world. It also allows you to customize your routes by adding stops and avoiding tolls. But two of Google Maps' biggest draws are Google's bike maps and offline accessibility. Although Apple Maps recently added bike sharing stations to its list of places, that's not really the same, is it?
Google also has offline planning for those with limited access to Wi-Fi or data. While Apple Maps uses slightly less data than Google Maps, Google makes up for it by allowing you to download entire sections of maps for offline use.
Another very notable difference between the Apple and Google map services is that they were created by different companies, and for this reason, each one has a very special way of storing your data and making its updates.
Google has different policies when it comes to how much of your data is collected and what you can do with it. The Google app has received criticism of the location history tracking page, and the truth is, if you're concerned about your privacy, Apple Maps may be a better option.
On the other hand, Apple Maps only updates when updating iOS, while Google releases updates to Google Maps whenever you want. It's also worth noting that while both apps are currently available on Apple devices, you won't find Apple Maps on your Android phone or Windows computer any time soon, which could be problematic for non-proprietary users. exclusive to Apple products.
Similarly, Google tends to have better small city map data than Apple. This could simply be because Google Maps has been around for a longer time, but for people who don't live in a big city or don't depend on a car for their primary form of transportation, it can make a big difference.
Google also provides information on user-generated business opening hours, descriptions, photos, and star ratings. Although Apple also has these features, they are less updated.
It's worth noting that Apple Maps includes TripAdvisor, Yelp, and other third-party app ratings. Google has released several updates in the past few months that allow you to easily see average wait times in restaurants, sort reviews, discover and navigate to new places easily.
In conclusion, although Apple Maps has made many improvements in the last six years, and works well in major cities, Google Maps is still years ahead of the competition and is definitely our first choice.
* Updated by Mara Teresa Lopes on March 13, 2020.