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Ralfi

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This is my fave App that gets used more than any other (5h8m over the last 10 days). Simple to use, attractive layout, vast data resource - business phone numbers/addresses & a great compliment to voice commands (Google Assistant).

Being able to save hundreds of locations & access/edit them on either mobile or PC devices is a massive plus.

Only things missing are found on Waze imo - option to avoid unsealed roads (handy when in rural areas), speed limit indicators & music App implementation.

Today, Google announced the third of those will be added - but not just Spotify...Apple Music will also be embedded within Google Maps, making it a much more user-friendly App whilst on the road.

https://9to5google.com/2018/10/01/google-maps-commute-tab-music-integration/
https://twitter.com/googlemaps/status/1046806704103538690?s=21

What are your main reasons for choosing Google Maps over other navigation Apps?
 
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OneMike

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Sounds interesting to an extent. I'd like to see how the apple music integration works. Although realistically I don't use any map software so much. I pretty much pick a route before I leave and once I do that I'm done. Not many alternate routes.
 

Wide opeN

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Not going to be enough to get me to switch from Waze however, but nice still.

I actually rarely use the app. The times I do it's for walking directions. As someone mentioned though it remains FAR SUPERIOR to Apple maps. Honestly, Apple needs to shut it down. Hopefully who ever let Google scoop up Waze is no longer with the company.

When Waze gets Apple Music (seems to be being withheld intentionally at this point) and lane guidance I'll be set for another 6 years.

Shout out to Google maps though!!!
 

HEK

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Best part of google maps is knowing my every movement is being tracked. Either driving or walking it’s comforting to know my locations, whom I visit, and what I am near are transmitted to google in real time, minute by minute.

The handy ads I receive prompting me to purchase items and frequent businesses I am close to helps me decide what to do with my excess cash.

It’s comforting to know third parties can purchase my daily whereabouts without me having to do anything other than having the app on my phone. Convienant as well, as I don’t even have to be using the app for it to send my locations.

Thank you google. :confused:
 

Ralfi

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Best part of google maps is knowing my every movement is being tracked. Either driving or walking it’s comforting to know my locations, whom I visit, and what I am near are transmitted to google in real time, minute by minute.

The handy ads I receive prompting me to purchase items and frequent businesses I am close to helps me decide what to do with my excess cash.

It’s comforting to know third parties can purchase my daily whereabouts without me having to do anything other than having the app on my phone. Convienant as well, as I don’t even have to be using the app for it to send my locations.

Thank you google. :confused:
I hear you, but I guess it works both ways - for eg. we now know where speed cameras are, so I guess we can also be the spies.
 

Kram Sacul

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Best part of google maps is knowing my every movement is being tracked. Either driving or walking it’s comforting to know my locations, whom I visit, and what I am near are transmitted to google in real time, minute by minute.

The handy ads I receive prompting me to purchase items and frequent businesses I am close to helps me decide what to do with my excess cash.

It’s comforting to know third parties can purchase my daily whereabouts without me having to do anything other than having the app on my phone. Convienant as well, as I don’t even have to be using the app for it to send my locations.

Thank you google. :confused:
“Google is your friend"
 
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1rottenapple

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This is my fave App that gets used more than any other (5h8m over the last 10 days). Simple to use, attractive layout, vast data resource - business phone numbers/addresses & a great compliment to voice commands (Google Assistant).

Being able to save hundreds of locations & access/edit them on either mobile or PC devices is a massive plus.

Only things missing are found on Waze imo - option to avoid unsealed roads (handy when in rural areas), speed limit indicators & music App implementation.

Today, Google announced the third of those will be added - but not just Spotify...Apple Music will also be embedded within Google Maps, making it a much more user-friendly App whilst on the road.

https://9to5google.com/2018/10/01/google-maps-commute-tab-music-integration/
https://twitter.com/googlemaps/status/1046806704103538690?s=21

What are your main reasons for choosing Google Maps over other navigation Apps?
I use waze for navi but google maps is for actual searching business or directions. I appreciate the feature indicating how busy the business is.
 

achappy

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I’ve been solely an Apple Maps user for probably two years. The interface is cleaner, superior integration with Siri and iOS Calendar and I’ve had no problems. The few times I would pull up Google Maps on heavy traffic days to compare routes they would be the same/similar to Apple. Plus GM interface is way too cluttered with all of the suggestions, etc.

I’ve been experimenting with CarPlay the past few weeks and tried Google Maps out. The CarPlay interface is much better and cleaner because it’s just navigation but I was surprised that it didn’t have Speed Limits. Apple Maps has had them well over a year.
 
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pika2000

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I've been using Google Maps since I used a featurephone.
Right now, I'm still using it because it's the only maps app with decent info in the region where I live. Although some data are inaccurate, it's better than nothing at all. But if I travel to areas fully supported by Apple Maps, I would rather use Apple Maps.
 

pixel_junkie

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The handy ads I receive prompting me to purchase items and frequent businesses I am close to helps me decide what to do with my excess cash.
Which can be all turned off in settings. Maybe educate yourself before you bash something?
 

Closingracer

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I’ve been solely an Apple Maps user for probably two years. The interface is cleaner, superior integration with Siri and iOS Calendar and I’ve had no problems. The few times I would pull up Google Maps on heavy traffic days to compare routes they would be the same/similar to Apple. Plus GM interface is way too cluttered with all of the suggestions, etc.

I’ve been experimenting with CarPlay the past few weeks and tried Google Maps out. The CarPlay interface is much better and cleaner because it’s just navigation but I was surprised that it didn’t have Speed Limits. Apple Maps has had them well over a year.
Said by nobody other then you. As somebody who uses google and Apple devices like every other year Apple maps is a clutter imho

Exactly. All google wants is to make your day brighter. They are not on the business of mining your data at all.
Sure and pigs fly ? That is google business... they mine it to sell to third parties to sell ads to you
 
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Closingracer

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I'm probably going to have to try Apple Maps soon. My daughter and I were coming home from her school yesterday and waiting to make a left. An Apple Maps car went right by us. :D
It’s still not on par with Waze for nav which I feel is the only one that gives you an accurate time estimate at destination and generally gives a better default route but Apple maps isn’t bad. I was forced to use it for nav with CarPlay
 
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HEK

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Which can be all turned off in settings. Maybe educate yourself before you bash something?
Bash? Aren’t tracking your every move even when turned off and not in actual use features of google maps and other google products. According to Google tracking you is fair trade off for a free app.

Or do you feel tracking you even when turned off and not running is a bad thing to be bashed?

There are a number of apps, even things like weather apps that also track, report and sell your every move. Course you get instant weather at your location, so that’s fair right.

At least with Apple supplied apps you can actually turn off tracking and reporting of your every move.

Anyone want a mapping app that uses GPS, doesn’t need to have internet connection to do it try maps.me. You do have to download maps of desired location/countries.
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It’s still not on par with Waze for nav which I feel is the only one that gives you an accurate time estimate at destination and generally gives a better default route but Apple maps isn’t bad. I was forced to use it for nav with CarPlay
My Garmin GPS is spot on with timing to destination, has great traffic reporting and maps are update every couple months.
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Which can be all turned off in settings. Maybe educate yourself before you bash something?
What can be turned off is you getting target ads on your phone. What is never off, even when google maps. Is not up and running is tracking your every move and selling that data to anyone that pays. Now you been educated.
 
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Motionblurrr

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I think the reason why I love Google maps so much, is because I have a huge soft spot for it since the iPhone 3G used it as their native GPS app. It was so reliable that I always have used it since then.
 
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Closingracer

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Bash? Aren’t tracking your every move even when turned off and not in actual use features of google maps and other google products. According to Google tracking you is fair trade off for a free app.

Or do you feel tracking you even when turned off and not running is a bad thing to be bashed?

There are a number of apps, even things like weather apps that also track, report and sell your every move. Course you get instant weather at your location, so that’s fair right.

At least with Apple supplied apps you can actually turn off tracking and reporting of your every move.

Anyone want a mapping app that uses GPS, doesn’t need to have internet connection to do it try maps.me. You do have to download maps of desired location/countries.
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My Garmin GPS is spot on with timing to destination, has great traffic reporting and maps are update every couple months.
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What can be turned off is you getting target ads on your phone. What is never off, even when google maps. Is not up and running is tracking your every move and selling that data to anyone that pays. Now you been educated.
Ok? But garnin is a gps so it better ? I’m talking about map apps on your phone
 
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