5 Alternative Apps for Those Who Hate the New Google Maps
For those who “despise” the new Google Maps but are constantly fans of geolocation…
You practically can’t please everybody. Because of the different traits, characters, opinions and comfort zones of people in general, it’s hard to get them all in one place. That’s basically why the term “alternative” has been invented and included in the dictionary.
Google Maps may be one of the most well-known geolocation applications. But it also doesn’t mean that when it’s from the world’s largest search engine site, Google.com, then every single person in the world wide web is just going to embrace it. For people who have never been a fan of Google Maps, regardless if it’s due to its interface, color schemes, system, or whatsoever, there are fresh alternatives which you could also use for the sake of geolocation. Below are just some of the most notable ones.
MapQuest is basically an old-timer in the field of geolocation. Even before smartphones and Google Maps itself were “born”, MapQuest has been very competent ever since in terms of giving out accurate directions, maps, location-based establishments, and even view the up to date traffic conditions. The Grandfather of Internet mapping might be kicking since 1996. But it’s still one of the most reliable in this field.
What’s really unique about this GPS navigation app called Waze is it’s ability to give and read live updates to and from other users. It’s a social network kind of geolocation application which gives you real-time traffic, road re-blocking, checkpoints, and other road-related updates from real and active users. The more users updating through this up, the better this app actually works.
Although Google bought Waze for the sake of its social capacity, you can still use the Waze desktop site to view original Waze livemap. The downside of this app though is its search function. As much as possible, you need to know the exact address of the venue or location you’re looking for if you’re going to use this social GPS app.
Google isn’t the only search engine with “Maps”. One of the largest search engines (next to Google) also made geolocation even better and easier. With the partnership of Microsoft and Bing, this can indeed be one of the better GPS alternative. Since it is powered by Bing, you can readily search the location of whatever the heck you want in Bing Maps. You can even sign up and sign into your Microsoft account to save your searches and favorite locations.
Although this GPS app is not yet available on Android just yet (there are plans to also put up an Android version), Scout is very much available on iOS and your desktop browsers.
Even though this app/software is relatively young, as reviewed by edugeeksclub.com, it’s been one of the most promising along the list of fresh geolocation apps and softwares. Scout can give you multiple ways to help you get to your destination. Aside from that, it also has a very comprehensive database of location reviews and local events on a particular place.
5. NAVFREE USA
NavFree USA is a free Android app which can navigate you towards your location even without the use of any Internet connection. All you need to do is save the map beforehand through data connection and there you have it.
This app’s interface is also simple and also very readable.
The above mentioned applications and softwares are practically some of the best in the field. So if you’re not really a fan of the new Google Maps, you can at least find your best pick here. However, if you still can’t find the best fit for you, you can still search for other geolocation apps and softwares on the Internet. Feel free to share the ones you find on the comment section below.
Political boundaries are just a human demarcation. Map of the world divided by airports.
The global political boundaries as we know them are just a human demarcation. In ontology they would be called ‘fiat‘ (artificial) boundaries. The opposite type is called ‘bona fide‘ (natural) boundaries. It is funny that global borders are so engrained in our minds that it can be hard to look at the earth without dividing it into political regions.
Data visualization designer Jason Davies has been playing with the topic of boundaries for some time already. Jason is exploring mathematical functions to redraw the global boundaries according to different phenomena. In his latest map he used a spherical Voronoi diagrams to draw global airport map where each region is closer to a particular airport than any other.
From the algorithm we learn that the most remote airport in the world is Mataveri International Airport on Easter Island, which is 1,617 miles (2,602km) from the next nearest airport. Check out the map:
source: Jason Davis