Over the past two years, the biggest buzz among the geo chatterati has been Justin O’Beirne’s meticulously argued (albeit bizarrely formatted) feature-by-feature comparisons of Google and Apple Maps: their design choices, their data, their production processes.
What fascinates me is how the comparison is implicitly phrased. Apple Maps is fighting on Google Maps’ turf, and Justin O’Beirne never questions that. He asks “How far ahead of Apple Maps is Google Maps?”. It implies the same direction of travel. They’re going the same place, but Google is getting there quicker.
Meanwhile, OpenStreetMap goes its own way.
I’ve never actively used OpenStreetMap, but I feel like I should give it a far shot at some point. Are there people in the OSNews audience who use it? What are your experiences?
For that link, you’ve missed the ‘https://‘, so it’s ending up as a relative link.
Your link is http://www.osnews.com/blog.systemed.net/post/15
It must be http://blog.systemed.net/post/
Anyway, rarely I am using OpenStreetMap, google maps is the default choice.
I am not even going to entertain the thought of using Apple map if ever it existed at all.
First choice Google Map, second choice OpenStreetMap.
(Note that my experience is limited to Tasmania (Australia), it’s probably far better in the US / EU)
I’ve found OSM to be quite accurate for mapping, I’ve not had any problems with the content at all.
I do find that it’s no good for addresses though; lookups don’t do very well on business searches or house numbers.
I’ve learnt to get around that by searching for addresses for businesses, and then scoping numbers as I go along streets, but it is a bit of a pain.
My work does the mapping/directions service for the local bus company and we’ve recently had to leave google maps/directions/places due to their massive price hike.
We have switched to hosting our own cluster of FOSS projects that use open data:
– Open Street Maps (+ leaflet)
– Open Trip Planner
– Open Addresses
– Who’s On First
– GTFS feeds from transit providers
The system we’ve put together has been pretty decent as an alternative, and it does mean the transit company has the ability to fix crappy recommendations, whereas before we basically had to shrug and accept whatever google came up with.
It looks like I’m using it, or at least some of it.
If you enter an address into DuckDuckGo, and click on the “Open Map” button, the resulting map says “(c) Mapbox (c) OpenStreetMap” at the bottom. I’ve been trying use DDG instead of Google, and these maps can often get the job done for me.
It depends. OSM is much more detailed than GM: contours of buildings, addresses on them, even power lines. On the other hand, GM seems to be less about maps as such, more about locating businesses, road/street navigation, Google ad business. Needless to say – licensing is different.
I don’t use OSM directly, since from a map I need navigation, and it does not do that (also, around here, Google Maps provides a lot more info). But I use it indirectly: I play Pokemon Go andat some point Pokemon Go switched from using Google Maps to OSM. It was a smooth transition from a player point of view.
I have a photo project about taking pictures around Madrid, the city I live in. First, I used GM, but now I prefere the OSM API:
MUIMapparium is a fantastic OpenStreetMap viewer for AmigaOS!
I use it all the time as it is a very fast way of checking world map when going somewhere or just checking places.
MUIMapparium is free and is out for several AmigaOS systems:
Amiga 68k, 68020+, (68881+ FPU recommended) AmigaOS 3.0+
Amiga OS4, OS 4.0+
AROS i386, ABIv0
AROS ARM, ABIv0 ARMV6+ VFPV2+ HardFloat (e.g. RasPi 1-3)
AROS x86_64, ABIv1 (non SMP-Version)
Vote up from me. I am Google free since 2 years (well, only cheat is LineageOS but of course without GApps).
Recently I was on holiday in Spain and OSM was pretty good as satnav in the car on my phone. GM seems to know more about restaurants and commercial stuff but the experience was pretty good.
The search function could be improved: often too many results or not found at all but I certainly don’t long back to GM.
OSM is the default choice. It has far better information density than any other map I know. (Streets, hiking trails, bike trails, all in one)
If OSM fails me, I go to mapy.cz (czech)
Google maps are pretty much as a last resort, not only is the information there lacking, but very often also inaccurate.
I use it daily on sailfish os, works great in Norway, even for navigation. I also use it quite a lot when travelling, as I can pre download whole countries. Still keep google maps as a backup for when I need to find specific stores or restaurants though.
I don’t even know what it’s called anymore, Here WeGo? They were the old Ovi Maps, then Nokia spun them off into the Here! application, and then it became Here WeGo, owned by HERE Apps LLC. Nokia had bought someone’s mapping data (it’s eluding me who it was).
This app has 100% offline maps, something which google maps doesn’t or didn’t have for years afterward, and I really like the interface to it.
I also at one point bought the Navigon app, which is pretty good.
So it’s not just Apple and Google in this space, in fact I think at least Google Maps is kind of crap (I haven’t used Apple Maps).