A Global Positioning System (GPS) navigation device, GPS receiver, or simply GPS is a device that receives information from satellites and calculates the unit’s geographical position. GPS was initially developed for use by the United States military, but in the 1980s, the United States government opened the system to be used for civilian purposes.
In 1989, Magellan Navigation Inc. unveiled its Magellan NAV 1000, the world’s first commercial handheld GPS receiver. Soon automobile manufacturers, like Mazda, started installed GPS systems in cars. Many cars today have a GPS installed for people to maneuver around easily.
For many people, their phones have become their navigation devices. Even with a large number of cellphone towers available, there are plenty of places in the world that don’t have network coverage. For these situations, you want to have offline maps available.
The two major competitors for offline maps are HERE Maps and Google Maps.
Both offer their services free of charge. You don’t have to pay anything to download the app or to download maps.
Google Maps offers the ability to download custom areas for offline maps. That being said, you need to plan those areas out and download them beforehand. Google doesn’t necessarily make it easy to download offline maps.
HERE Maps was designed to have offline maps as a feature. You can download cities, states, and surrounding areas by looking it up on the system. Many users prefer the option to download by named areas they plan to travel without having to do too much research or planning.
In general, Google Maps is known to use more storage space than HERE Maps. During testing performed by Guiding Tech, Google Maps used about double the storage space in 15 days. That being said, both apps used less than 500 MB, not much space when you consider modern phones have around 64 GB of data as a baseline.
Traffic Updates And Rerouting
Both systems use active users to help predict traffic. Due to both systems having a large number of active users, you can get reasonably good traffic estimations from both. Google claims to be able to show you traffic on a per street basis, but this is only as accurate as a prediction can be.
HERE Maps does not offer traffic-based rerouting while you are driving. But the original route provided by HERE Maps tends to be better than the Google Maps.
HERE Maps tends to perform better for a lot of users. It was initially only available on Nokia devices; however, customer demand made it possible on other devices. Users have flocked to the app, giving HERE a more massive user-base than first anticipated.
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