Google Maps vs OpenStreetMap: What are the differences?
What is Google Maps? Build highly customisable maps with your own content and imagery. Create rich applications and stunning visualisations of your data, leveraging the comprehensiveness, accuracy, and usability of Google Maps and a modern web platform that scales as you grow.
What is OpenStreetMap? The free editable map of the whole world. OpenStreetMap is built by a community of mappers that contribute and maintain data about roads, trails, cafés, railway stations, and much more, all over the world.
Google Maps and OpenStreetMap can be categorized as "Mapping APIs" tools.
Some of the features offered by Google Maps are:
- Maps Image APIs
- Places API
- Web Services
On the other hand, OpenStreetMap provides the following key features:
- Local Knowledge
- Community Driven
- Open Data
"Free" is the primary reason why developers consider Google Maps over the competitors, whereas "Simple" was stated as the key factor in picking OpenStreetMap.
Google, Lyft, and Square are some of the popular companies that use Google Maps, whereas OpenStreetMap is used by Apple, Foursquare, and MapLarge. Google Maps has a broader approval, being mentioned in 1975 company stacks & 1093 developers stacks; compared to OpenStreetMap, which is listed in 38 company stacks and 15 developer stacks.
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