Check the top 5 Best Google Maps alternatives for Live traffic directions, GPS navigation & directions.
While it has a global reach and popularity beyond doubt amid the highest of geographical map location applications accessed and used on mobile phones and computers Google Maps does face a number of drawbacks and has much to improve in terms of its reach, quality and customization for providing services pertaining to Indian roads.
The app comes pre-installed on Android phones and all iOS devices and is run for free giving constant new features and showing rapid adaptation to local market with add-ons like voice directions in locally spoken accent of English. Still, you aren’t missing much of the Google pie in reference to Indian interface if you’ve switched to MapmyIndia that provides you offline map tracking and Bing Maps that has its own characteristic detailed and accurate imagery.
Best Google Maps Alternatives
Let’s have a look at top 5 alternatives to Google Maps, globally and for roads traveling.
MapMyINdia is a highly accurate and door-to-door, landmark mapping site giving you driving directions with local search ability and traffic information. The maps are accurate, updated frequently and interactive. You also get proper step-by-step directions and can search for localities, cities, or different businesses. Useful information like ATMs, restaurants, hotels and hospitals are earmarked.
Why MapMyIndia instead of Google Maps? The app claims its stake at having a navigation tool that is superior to that of Google Maps, makes maps available offline so even if you lose network while you’re on move you can have the map downloaded and saved and keep turning to it for guidance. You get detailed info on 18 Indian cities and 576,000 towns and villages.
Although not free, MapMyIndia provides you great value for money and has recorded 20 million downloads from Apple Store alone. It’s available on all Windows phones as well, with a prominent presence on mobile platforms, coming pre-installed in Blackberry 10.
Get extensive street mapping for a majority of Indian cities with the recently launched WoNoBo that provides you much more details and covers for its current limitation of less areas covered with pictures of many spots left out by Google Maps and a 360 degree idea of a location.
Updated regularly and covering 12 cities fast-moving to cover another 20, you will soon find WoNoBo giving you map updates that are highly detailed for 54 cities in India along with important information on different locations, stories and guides for eating out or a topic of interest in addition to geo-location tagging of important establishments and spots. It’s available on smartphones, PC and tablets.
Try WoNoBo maps online.
Bing Maps utilizes multiple resources for imaging so provides exact coordinates, enabling view as it would appear from side. Though it lags behind Google Maps in picture quality you’ll experience the interface is much cleaner in many locations and by far much more easy to understand.
While Google Maps fails to give an 3D or even a 45-degree view you can expect a proper 45-degree viewing with Bing Maps. Both have integrated function for letting you view sights from street but urban area maps of Bing Maps are better than its rural cover.
While it is limited to number of cities, its mapping is good. Nokia users also find MyCityWayIndia- a free app that can be downloaded from Nokia store for city-specific detailed location guidance on 5 Indian cities quite useful.
If you find the inconsistency of Google Maps for location mapping in certain locations annoying try out WikiMapia that offers search to satellite, hybrid, terrain and panoramic mapping and is user-interactive so offers excellent location tagging on Android phones and iOS systems.