Google Maps is one of the most popular navigation apps in the world, but this doesn’t mean that it is also the best. The app is popular among many users because it comes pre-loaded on most Android smartphones and many prefer to use it instead of looking for something else.
Below you can find a curated list of alternatives to Google Maps. Feel free to try all of them and keep the one that is best for your needs.
MapQuest is one of the oldest and most reliable sources of driving directions. The first version of the service was released in 1996, and several updates added excellent features. Smartphone users can download dedicated apps for their devices and enjoy many useful functions for free. For example, users can choose to highlight a particular type of service along the route (hotels, gas stations shops and much more) with a single tap.
Bing Maps is a solid choice offered for free by Microsoft. Users can use it to avoid highways and tolls, create custom trips and add additional stops while driving. It also offers relevant information about services that are present along the route, and more data is available by tapping on the point of interest. It can be accessed via the official app or by using the browser.
Here Technologies offer a large selection of automotive and traffic products and services with one of the most popular ones being Here.com. As in the case of the previous services, users have the option to download a standalone app or to use the browser to access the official website. A wealth of features is offered, including a handy traffic section, which shows any events which take place along the route and the ability to learn more about them in real-time. Users can create and share custom routes with a few taps and send them to friends or relatives.