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Which do you think can guide you better?

Which do you think can guide you better?

Apple Maps and Google Maps

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.

Platform

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.

Interface

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.

Outstanding features

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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.