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Google Maps vs. Waze – A Smackdown on the Top Free Navigation Apps

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There are many traffic and navigation apps available, among which Google Maps as well as Waze are considered to enjoy top market shares.

Both are owned by Google and offer dynamic traffic and driving directions and estimates of driving time. They come with powerful abilities.

Google Maps – Transport Integration

 Google Maps is the most popular navigation map for both the iOS and Android devices. The latest update makes the maps all the more gorgeous, with real time information and data related to transit time. It also comes with some additional useful information, such as the important venues that are present on your route, apart from telling you the best means of getting to your destination, that is, from A to B.

The best feature of Google Maps is that it integrates all the forms of transportation, such as walking, biking and public transport. The app offers step-by-step directions to reach from point A to point B, offering an estimate of the time it would take to travel. This is very important, as many people use different means of transport, such as a combination of walking, biking and public transport for commuting.

Helping you Budget your Time

Another lovable feature of Google Maps is that it points out all the places of interest and venues on the way, such as coffee shops, restaurants, business houses and so on, where you might want to stop on the way from point A to B. You can easily calculate whether you have time to sit down at a restaurant or do some shopping on the way.

In addition, Google Maps also incorporates information related to traffic through Waze and offers a dynamic rerouting through traffic jams and so on, playing the role of an efficient GPS.

Waze – A Must Have App

 Waze is a great GPS navigation application, as it offers directions on a turn-by-turn basis. You can access these directions for a saved destination and also for any other destination that you make a search for. The app offers real time data related to traffic. This information pops up as you travel along your route and is supported by active as well as passive feedback that is provided by the community of Waze users.

In case of active feedback, the app makes use of other users who report accidents or congestion in traffic or any other data that could have an impact on another person’s trip. The data is a crowd sourced one and offers an amazing depth of information related to traffic. The passive feedback also has an amazing impact on the usefulness of the application. When users go through their normal routes and keep the app running in the background, the information related to the traffic reaches Waze and helps improve the map and directions that is available for other users.

User Interface

However, Waze does not have a very good interface and there have been some complaints about the buttons being too tiny. Users also have to go through several commands and use many voice functions and search the settings in order to enable these functions. The text to speech feature is also a little slow in response, so it makes it very difficult to reach the right lane in the short time available.

Verdict

Google Maps is useful for everyone who wants to reach a destination quickly and also know what is lying between him and the destination. Those who need walking directions or public transit directions would do better to use Google Maps, but anyone who drives around a lot will surely find Waze very useful.