Comparison of web map services

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Feature Google Maps Bing Maps MapQuest OpenStreetMap Here Apple Maps
License Proprietary Proprietary Proprietary ODbL Proprietary Proprietary
Availability
Full Extra Functionality Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, UK, United States. Andorra, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Guernsey, Hong Kong SAR, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Japan, Jersey, Jordan, Kuwait, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Romania, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Vatican City [1] United States All More than 180 navigable countries Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, USA[2]
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) Bahamas, Cayman Islands, China, Macao SAR, Malta, Virgin Islands [1] 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[2]
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 Global 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[2]
Officially Supported Web Browsers IE7+, Firefox 2.0.0.8+, Safari 3+, Mozilla 1.7+, Opera 8.02+, Google Chrome 1+ IE7+, Firefox 3.6+, Safari 5+, Google Chrome, Mobile Browsers (Internet Explorer, Apple iPhone, Google Android, Research in Motion (RIM) BlackBerry Browser) 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[3] 117 Languages: https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn306047.aspx 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[4]
Viewing Interface
Feature Google Maps Bing Maps MapQuest OpenStreetMap 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 (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) 19-22 (Depending on which map control is used)[5] 17 19 18 Unknown (vector-based)
Mouse Scroll Wheel Map Zoom Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes[6]
Direct Mouse Interface (Draggable etc.) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Dynamic search results based on dragging on the Map Yes Yes No No Yes No
Keyboard Shortcuts 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 9: Road, Satellite, Hybrid, Bird's Eye, Traffic, 3D, 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 [7] 3: Standard, Hybrid, Satellite. All include a traffic data layer
3D Mode Yes (with plugin) Limited to certain areas Yes (Windows 8/10) No Yes, third-party [8] Yes limited to certain areas Yes limited to certain areas
3D Landmarks Yes Yes No No Yes Yes
Weather No No Yes, third-party [9] Yes No
Backend JSON JSON, XML, JavaScript, .NET XML Java, JavaScript
Backend Providers Google Microsoft Various companies who donate server usage Nokia/Navteq Apple
Data
Feature Google Maps Bing Maps MapQuest OpenStreetMap Here Apple Maps
Age of Map Imagery Updated Daily Updated Monthly Updated Daily 1–2 years
Age of Satellite Imagery 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, Intermap, Pictometry International, NASA, Blom, Ordnancy Survey, SK Planet http://www.bing.com/maps/Help/en-us/About.htm Navteq, OpenStreetMap user contributions User Contributions Navteq TomTom, and others
Directory Data Providers Google, ThomsonLocal.com, user contributions Live Local Listings, Yellow Pages, NAVTEQ OpenStreetMap Nominatim, GeoNames Navteq Yelp
Searching
Feature Google Maps Bing Maps MapQuest OpenStreetMap Here Apple Maps
Location Post Code, Street Name, Town, Neighborhood, City, Long/Lat Post Code, Street Name, Town, Neighborhood, City, Landmark, Administrative District, 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 Airport Code, Businesses, Collections, Directories, Landmarks, Postal Codes Business, Places of Interest All Possibility, no restriction Business, Places of Interest, Landmarks, Airport Codes Business, Places of Interest
User Created Yes Yes No Yes Yes No
Levels of Filtering 1 0 0 0 0
Directions
Feature Google Maps Bing Maps MapQuest OpenStreetMap Here Apple Maps
Directions Yes Yes Yes Yes, third-party [10] Yes – by car, foot, public transport Yes
Reverse Directions Yes Yes Yes Yes, third-party [11] Yes Yes
Public Transport Integration Yes Yes(30 Countries) [12] Yes Yes, third-party [13] Yes in more than 1000 cities worldwide[14] Yes limited to certain areas
Walking Directions Yes (beta) Yes Yes Yes, third-party [10] Yes Yes
Wheelchair Directions No No No Yes, third-party [15] No No
Bicycle Directions Yes (beta) No Yes Yes No No
Multiple Destinations Yes Yes Yes No Yes No
Send to Device Yes, via Email Yes, via Email Yes, via Email, SMS, Car, GPS, Facebook No Yes, via synchronization Yes, from Mac OS X to iOS only
Live Traffic Information Yes Yes (35 Countries) [16] Yes Yes, partial in a third-party [17] Yes No
Historic Traffic Yes No No No Yes[18]
Personalization
Feature Google Maps Bing Maps MapQuest OpenStreetMap Here Apple Maps
Set Home Location Yes Yes Yes Yes, if registered Yes Yes
Save Maps Yes Yes No No Yes No
Printing
Print Option Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Scale to Print No No No No No No
Crop to Print Yes Yes No No Yes No
Notes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No
Retains Overlays? Matched Searches, Directions Matches Searches, Directions, Collections No Marker Favourites, Directions No
Collaboration / Embedding
Create hyperlink Yes Yes Yes Yes, both Permalink and Shortlink Yes No
Send hyperlink to email Yes Yes No No Yes No
Embed HTML Iframe link Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Application Integration Google Earth, BMW Assist Windows 8/10, Windows Phone 7/8/10, Microsoft Office (Access, Outlook, Excel - Power View, Power Maps, Power BI), Microsoft Photosynth, Microsoft SQL Reporting Services, Microsoft Dynamic CRM, Microsoft SharePoint, Microsoft Cortana, Bing Weather, Microsoft Research WorldWide Telescope, AutoCad, ESRI ArcGIS 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, WPF, .NET (C#, VB), C++, Windows 8/10, WP 7/8, REST Yes Yes Yes - developer.here.com No
Other http://microsoft.com/maps

Blog http://blogs.bing.com/maps

Wordpress plugin / open search
Shareable Maps Yes Yes Via Email, Facebook, Twitter No Yes Yes No
Readily Available Overlays Yes Yes Yes No No No
Advertising
Feature Google Maps Bing Maps MapQuest OpenStreetMap Here Apple Maps
Business Advertising Yes Yes - Microsoft consumer apps, not in B2B apps or API's. No No Yes No
Mobile
Mobile-Specific Website Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes - [1] No, application dependent
Mobile-Specific Application Yes Yes Yes Yes - OsmAnd and STAPPZ[19] for Android Yes, for Nokia mobile phones and iOS Yes
Contact Integration Yes Yes No No No Yes
Voice Integration Yes, via Android Maps app, upcoming feature for full web mode Yes No Yes - with OsmAnd Yes Yes
GPS Integration Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Directions Yes Yes Yes - with OsmAnd Yes Yes
Turn-by-turn navigation Yes, if on Android Yes - Windows 10 Yes Yes - with OsmAnd Yes Yes
Interactive Maps Yes Yes Yes Yes, in custom implementations e.g. via STAPPZ[19] for Android Yes Yes
Types of Map Map, Satellite, Terrain, Street Road, Satellite, Hybrid, Bird's Eye, Traffic, 3D, 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 Yes Unknown Unknown Yes Yes
Wi-Fi Location Yes Yes Unknown Yes Yes Yes
Supported Languages 54 [20] 117 [21]

See also[edit]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ a b https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd435699.aspx
  2. ^ a b c http://www.apple.com/uk/ios/feature-availability/#maps-standard
  3. ^ Mapping in your language - Map Maker Help
  4. ^ http://kb.applingua.com/2011/07/supported-ios-languages-which-languages/
  5. ^ http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb259689.aspx
  6. ^ http://www.apple.com/uk/osx/preview/
  7. ^ http://conversations.nokia.com/2011/07/19/maps-nokia-com-rolls-out-new-look/
  8. ^ There are several 3D Map providers like F4 Group and OSM Buildings
  9. ^ There is one
  10. ^ a b There are several online routers available like OSRM, GraphHopper or Cloudmade
  11. ^ There are several like OSRM, YOURS and MapQuest
  12. ^ https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh441739.aspx
  13. ^ ÖPNV Karte
  14. ^ http://360.here.com/2016/02/08/get-transit-directions-in-more-than-1000-cities-with-here-maps/
  15. ^ Rollstuhl-Routing
  16. ^ https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj136866.aspx
  17. ^ Only Open Route Service and only in NRW and Bavaria
  18. ^ https://developer.here.com/solutions
  19. ^ a b https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.stappz.android
  20. ^ https://developers.google.com/maps/faq#languagesupport
  21. ^ https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn306047.aspx