Google Places API vs OpenStreetMap

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Google Places API vs OpenStreetMap: What are the differences?

Developers describe Google Places API as "Help users discover the world with rich details for points of interest". You can provide users data on location names, addresses, ratings, reviews, contact information, and atmosphere. Local guides and users submit tens of millions of updates every day, so you can count on accurate, reliable information. On the other hand, OpenStreetMap is detailed as "The free editable map of the whole world". OpenStreetMap is built by a community of mappers that contribute and maintain data about roads, trails, cafés, railway stations, and much more, all over the world.

Google Places API and OpenStreetMap can be primarily classified as "Mapping APIs" tools.

According to the StackShare community, OpenStreetMap has a broader approval, being mentioned in 52 company stacks & 75 developers stacks; compared to Google Places API, which is listed in 12 company stacks and 5 developer stacks.

Advice on Google Places API and OpenStreetMap

From a StackShare Community member: "We're a team of two starting to write a mobile app. The app will heavily rely on maps and this is where my partner and I are not seeing eye-to-eye. I would like to go with an open source solution like OpenStreetMap that is used by Apple & Foursquare. He would like to go with Google Maps since more apps use it and has better support (according to him). Mapbox is also an option but I don’t know much about it."

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Blair Gemmer
Software Engineer at VYNYL · | 2 upvotes · 108.3K views
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Google Maps is best because it is practically free (they give you $300 in free credits per month and it's really hard to go over the free tier unless you really mean business) and it's the best!

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OpenStreetMapOpenStreetMap

I use OpenStreetMap because that has a strong community. It takes some time to catch up with Google Maps, but OpenStreetMap will become great solution.

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MapboxMapbox

I use Mapbox because We need 3D maps and navigation, it has a great plugin for React and React Native which we use. Also the Mapbox Geocoder is great.

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OpenStreetMapOpenStreetMap

Its open source and we use it.

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Shuuji TAKAHASHI
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I use Google Maps because it has a lot of great features such as Google's rich APIs, geolocation functions, navigation search feature, street map view, auto-generated 3D city map.

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Fabio Fraga Machado
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I use OpenStreetMap because i have the control of the environment, using Docker containers or bare-metal servers.

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    What is Google Places API?

    You can provide users data on location names, addresses, ratings, reviews, contact information, and atmosphere. Local guides and users submit tens of millions of updates every day, so you can count on accurate, reliable information.

    What is OpenStreetMap?

    OpenStreetMap is built by a community of mappers that contribute and maintain data about roads, trails, cafés, railway stations, and much more, all over the world.

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