Google Maps vs OpenLayers: What are the differences?
Google Maps and OpenLayers belong to "Mapping APIs" category of the tech stack.
Some of the features offered by Google Maps are:
- Maps Image APIs
- Places API
- Web Services
On the other hand, OpenLayers provides the following key features:
- Tiled Layers - Pull tiles from OSM, Bing, MapBox, Stamen, MapQuest, and any other XYZ source you can find. OGC mapping services and untiled layers also supported.
- Fast & Mobile Ready - Mobile support out of the box. Build lightweight custom profiles with just the components you need.
- Vector Layers - Render vector data from GeoJSON, TopoJSON, KML, GML, and a growing number of other formats.
"Free" is the primary reason why developers consider Google Maps over the competitors, whereas "Flexibility" was stated as the key factor in picking OpenLayers.
OpenLayers is an open source tool with 5.17K GitHub stars and 1.97K GitHub forks. Here's a link to OpenLayers's open source repository on GitHub.
According to the StackShare community, Google Maps has a broader approval, being mentioned in 1975 company stacks & 1093 developers stacks; compared to OpenLayers, which is listed in 7 company stacks and 4 developer stacks.