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Waze Vs Google Map: Which is Better?

When Google acquired Waze in 2013, it raises many questions about the fate of Google's similar service namely Google Maps. But now Waze still continue to exist side by side with Google Maps.

Although Waze's presence adds new alternatives and preferences as navigation information service, it adds new questions, which apps are the best and what's the difference between them?
On the one hand, the two apps are the same navigation-based apps, so they're both best at providing service to the users. In other words, the two services have different user bases, and both also turn out to have a distinct difference, what are you doing?

As quoted from the makeusof site, the following differences from both services.

Navigation and Display Interface
Of all the current navigation apps, Google Maps is still the most 'clean' and professional app. Views owned by Google Maps are very minimalist and simple, the route is also easy to set and navigate, and quite easy to use for the layman. Therefore, I recommend Google Maps very precisely if used to search for new places that are not yet known.

In addition, the use of applications on the old Android device is also still quite good, although there is little lag if accessed using a 1 GB RAM phone like Moto E and Galaxy S3 Mini, but it did not cause too much trouble.

Another interesting feature of Google Map is the route estimation facilities for pedestrians, cycling, and public transportation.
Unlike the Google Maps made for everyone to use, Waze comes with no users. Waze also seems to throw a lot of unnecessary features, that means Waze has a more specialized service and in terms of usage performance.

When using Waze, we can include the type of vehicle we use, the type of fuel, the option to avoid toll roads or vice versa, and many more special features.

Waze is also a navigation app, but we will not find any route prediction features for pedestrians, cycling, or public transportation like on Google Maps.

Routes, Alerts, and Updates
One advantage that makes Waze still exist is the feature of real-time traffic reports and update route. Each user can submit live reports of accidents, construction zones, road improvements, etc. And based on that information, Waze will automatically update our route to avoid it, exclaimed yes?

Waze updates are also more real-time than Google Maps, as Waze uses a lot of shipping data, while Google Maps only automates based on data that Google Maps users are sending on, and will experience data delays that Google may collect.

Google Maps also does not re-route frequently and will show a warning if traffic conditions change when something happens, such as traffic jams. The warning also will not directly change the original route and we can cancel the notice.

Comfort and Special Features
One of the unique features of Google Maps is that users can add one or more 'pit stops' between your current location and your final destination. We can also plan previous trips using 'Depart by' and 'Arrive at' features in the app. Both features are great for long and complicated journeys.

Other unique features include changing the look, navigating buildings, and sending routes from PC to phone device. Waze apparently also offers more than that, including the controversial feature of avoiding police raids. Users can report the location of the police, and make other Waze users will avoid the location. Users can also report the location of the camera or CCTV in various places.

Another useful feature is Planned Drives, which tells us when to leave to get to the destination at a certain time. Then other important features include integration with Spotify, speed warnings while driving too fast, recommendations for near-destination parking lots, and gas stations.

Local and Social Business Features
This is one of the advantages Waze far superior to Google Maps, the social features. Since most of Waze's data is from Crow-Sourced, it's only natural that every user can greet and cooperate with each other, for example if we see another Wazer on the map around us, then we can send them a text or chat message.

We can also add friends, share locations and approximate arrival time when heading to the same destination. In addition friends list can also be imported via Facebook or other contacts. We can also use 'Invisible Mode' to appear offline.

The biggest difference between Google Maps and Waze is that Google Maps does not have any social features. Can not be used for chatting, no friends, no scoreboards, etc. However, Google also has features that Waze does not have, that is, enough local business information. Google Maps search results about local businesses are more accurate and comprehensive, we will get complete information such as ratings, reviews, hours of operation, contact information, photos, how to order a table and place, and much more.

That's the difference between the two. So which one is best, Waze or Google Maps? Which features do you think are important and which are not necessary? Let's give your answer through the comment below.