Comparison of web map services

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Feature Google Maps Yahoo! Maps Bing Maps MapQuest OpenStreetMap Nokia Here Apple Maps
License Proprietary Proprietary Proprietary Proprietary ODbL Proprietary Proprietary
Availability
Full Extra Functionality Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, UK, United States. United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and most European countries. United States, Canada (with the exception of the rural northeastern provinces), United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, Japan(Yahoo Japan only), India United States All More than 180 navigable countries Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, USA[1]
Limited Extra Functionality Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Gibraltar, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia (Moscow only), San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey (Istanbul only) Unknown Unknown No limited functionality Voice guided navigation for both pedestrians and drivers for 74 countries in 46 different languages Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Luxembourg, Macau, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, UK, USA, Venezuela, Vietnam[1]
Directory Listings Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Japan, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Taiwan, the UK, and the United States Unknown Australia and United States None Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Luxembourg, Macau, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, UK, USA, Venezuela, Vietnam[1]
Officially Supported Web Browsers IE7+, Firefox 2.0.0.8+, Safari 3+, Mozilla 1.7+, Opera 8.02+, Google Chrome 1+ IE6+, Firefox 2, Opera 9 or Safari 3 IE6+, Firefox 2+, Safari 3+ IE6+, Firefox 2+, Safari 3+ IE7+, Mozilla Firefox 3.5+, Google Chrome 4+, Safari 4+ IE7+, Mozilla Firefox 3.5+, Google Chrome 4+, Safari 4+ None, application-dependent
Officially Supported Interface Languages Amharic, Arabic, Belarusian, Bengali, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese (China and Taiwan), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, English (UK), Filipino, Finnish, French, French (Canada), German, Greek, Gujarati, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Kannada, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Malayalam, Marathi, Moldovian, Norwegian, Oriya, Persian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil and Portugal), Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Serbian (Serbia and Montenegro), Sindhi, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish[2] Dansk, Deutsch, Dutch, English, French, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish 50+ website translations, unlimited map languages 30 including English, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Italian, Korean, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish English, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, Arabic, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Malay, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Portuguese (Brazil), Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian and Vietnamese[3]
Viewing Interface
Feature Google Maps Yahoo! Maps Bing Maps MapQuest OpenStreetMap Nokia Here Apple Maps
Degrees of Motion Vertical, Horizontal, Depth, Rotation(beta), 360 Panoramic (Street View), 3D Mode (Google Earth JavaScript) Vertical, Horizontal, Depth, 360 Panoramic (Street View) Vertical, Horizontal, Depth, 360 Panoramic (Streetside), 3D Mode(Tilt, Pan, Rotate) Vertical, Horizontal, Depth Vertical, Horizontal, Depth Vertical, Horizontal, Depth (zoom), Tilt (3D), Rotate 360 degrees Vertical, Horizontal, Depth, Rotate 360 degrees, 3D
Map Zoom 19 (more levels available through parameter) 19 23[4] 17 19 18 Unknown (vector-based)
Mouse Scroll Wheel Map Zoom Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes[5]
Direct Mouse Interface (Draggable etc.) Yes Yes (Low Bandwidth Version: No) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Dynamic search results based on dragging on the Map Yes No Yes No No Yes No
Keyboard Shortcuts Yes Yes Yes No No Yes - routing with directions No
Map Types 6: Map with traffic data (separate transit and bicycle view), Satellite with Traffic Data (3D LiDar for certain places not present in most places), Hybrid 3: Map, Satellite, Hybrid, Street, Traffic(US) 10: Road, Satellite, Hybrid, Bird's Eye, Traffic, 3D, Street, London Street Map, Ordnance Survey Map, Venue Maps 3: Road, Satellite, Traffic 5: Standard Map, Transport Map, Cycle Map, MapQuest Open, Humanitarian 7: Map View, Satellite, Terrain, 3D, Traffic, Public Transportation, Heat Map, Map Creator, Explore Places, Community [6] 3: Standard, Hybrid, Satellite. All include a traffic data layer
3D Mode Yes (with plugin) Limited to certain areas No No since November 2010 (previously with plugin) No Yes, third-party [7] Yes limited to certain areas Yes limited to certain areas
3D Landmarks Yes Yes No No Yes Yes
Weather No No Yes, third-party [8] Yes No
Backend JSON JSON, XML .NET XML Java, JavaScript
Backend Providers Google Yahoo Microsoft Various companies who donate server usage Nokia/Navteq Apple
Data
Feature Google Maps Yahoo! Maps Bing Maps MapQuest OpenStreetMap Nokia Here Apple Maps
Age of Map Imagery Updated Daily Updated Daily 1–2 years
Age of Satellite Imagery 1–3 years old 1–3 years old 1–3 years old 1–4 years old No 1–3 years old 1–3 years
Map Data Providers MAPIT, TeleAtlas, DigitalGlobe, MDA Federal, user contributions NAVTEQ, TeleAtlas, i-cubed, Public domain NAVTEQ, Intermap, Pictometry International, NASA Navteq, OpenStreetMap user contributions User Contributions Navteq TomTom, and others
Directory Data Providers Google, ThomsonLocal.com, user contributions Infoserve - Powered by SmartView Live Local Listings, Yellow Pages OpenStreetMap Nominatim, GeoNames Navteq Yelp
Searching
Feature Google Maps Yahoo! Maps Bing Maps MapQuest OpenStreetMap Nokia Here Apple Maps
Location Post Code, Street Name, Town, Neighborhood, City, Long/Lat Post Code, Street Name, Town, City Post Code, Street Name, Town, City, Zip+4, Long/Lat Post Code, Street Name, Town, State, Zip+4 Post Code, Street Name, Town, Neighborhood/Suburb, State/Region, City, Country, Zip+4, Long/Lat Post Code, Street Name, Town, Neighborhood/Suburb, State/Region, City, Country, Long/Lat Post Code, Street Name, Town, Neighborhood/Suburb, State/Region, City, Country, Zip+4, Long/Lat
Entity Business, Places of Interest, Airport Code Business, Places of Interest, Airport Code Businesses, Collections, Directories, Postal Codes Business, Places of Interest All Possibility, no restriction Business, Places of Interest, Landmarks, Airport Codes Business, Places of Interest
User Created Yes No (Collections) No Yes Yes No
Levels of Filtering 1 Many - SmartView 0 0 0 0
Directions
Feature Google Maps Yahoo! Maps Bing Maps MapQuest OpenStreetMap Nokia Here Apple Maps
Directions Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes, third-party [9] Yes – by car, foot, public transport Yes
Reverse Directions Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes, third-party [10] Yes Yes
Public Transport Integration Yes Yes Yes - London Underground Yes Yes, third-party [11] Yes in more than 420 cities worldwide[12] No
Walking Directions Yes (beta) Yes Yes Yes Yes, third-party [9] Yes Yes
Wheelchair Directions No No No No Yes, third-party [13] No No
Bicycle Directions Yes (beta) No No Yes Yes No No
Multiple Destinations Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No
Send to Device Yes, via Email Yes, via Email, SMS, Car Yes, via Email, SMS, GPS Yes, via Email, SMS, Car, GPS, Facebook No Yes, via synchronization Yes, from Mac OS X to iOS only
Live Traffic Information Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes, partial in a third-party [14] Yes No
Historic Traffic Yes No No No
Personalization
Feature Google Maps Yahoo! Maps Bing Maps MapQuest OpenStreetMap Nokia Here Apple Maps
Set Home Location Yes No, but remembers last location Yes, via Microsoft Location Finder ActiveX Control Yes Yes, if registered Yes No
Save Maps Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No
Printing
Print Option Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Scale to Print No No No No No No No
Crop to Print Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No
Notes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No
Retains Overlays? Matched Searches, Directions Smartview, Directions Matches Searches, Directions, Collections No Marker Favourites, Directions No
Collaboration / Embedding
Create hyperlink Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes, both Permalink and Shortlink Yes No
Send hyperlink to email Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No
Embed HTML Iframe link Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No
Application Integration Google Earth, BMW Assist Mercedes-Benz In Car System Microsoft Office, Microsoft Research WorldWide Telescope, Microsoft Photosynth Apple Maps, MapQuest, Foursquare, Craigslist, Apple iPhoto, Wikipedia, World Bank Mercedes-Benz In Car System, Alpine In Car System CarPlay
API Available Yes Yes - Javascript and Flash Yes - Javascript and Silverlight Yes Yes Yes - developer.here.com No
Other Save to del.icio.us Blog on Windows Live Space Wordpress plugin / open search
Shareable Maps Yes Yes, in [1] Yes No Yes Yes No
Readily Available Overlays Yes No Yes (Collections) Yes No No No
Advertising
Feature Google Maps Yahoo! Maps Bing Maps MapQuest OpenStreetMap Nokia Here Apple Maps
Business Advertising Yes No No No Yes No
Mobile
Mobile-Specific Website Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes - [2] No, application dependent
Mobile-Specific Application Yes No Yes Yes Yes - OsmAnd for Android Yes, for Nokia mobile phones and iOS Yes
Contact Integration Yes No Yes No No No Yes
Voice Integration Yes, via Android Maps app, upcoming feature for full web mode No Yes No Yes - with OsmAnd Yes Yes
GPS Integration Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Directions Yes Send directions via SMS with hyperlink Yes Yes - with OsmAnd Yes Yes
Turn-by-turn navigation Yes, if on Android Yes Yes - with OsmAnd Yes Yes
Interactive Maps Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Types of Map Map, Satellite, Terrain, Street Map, Satellite, Hybrid, Venue Maps Map, Road, Aerial, Street, London Street Map, Ordnance Survey Map, Venue Maps Map, Satellite Map, Terrain, Satellite (exclusive to editing) Map, Satellite, Terrain, 3D with plugin, 3D without plugin for compatible browsers, Night Mode Map, Satellite, Terrain, Hybrid, Flyover, 3D
Cell-based Location Yes No Unknown Unknown Yes Yes
Wi-Fi Location Yes Yes Yes Unknown Yes Yes Yes

See also[edit]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ a b c http://www.apple.com/uk/ios/feature-availability/#maps-standard
  2. ^ Mapping in your language - Map Maker Help
  3. ^ http://kb.applingua.com/2011/07/supported-ios-languages-which-languages/
  4. ^ http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb259689.aspx
  5. ^ http://www.apple.com/uk/osx/preview/
  6. ^ http://conversations.nokia.com/2011/07/19/maps-nokia-com-rolls-out-new-look/
  7. ^ There are several 3D Map providers like F4 Group and OSM Buildings
  8. ^ There is one
  9. ^ a b There are several online routers available like OSRM, GraphHopper or Cloudmade
  10. ^ There are several like OSRM, YOURS and MapQuest
  11. ^ ÖPNV Karte
  12. ^ http://conversations.nokia.com/2011/10/25/nokia-maps-for-web-update/
  13. ^ Rollstuhl-Routing
  14. ^ Only Open Route Service and only in NRW and Bavaria