Last updated: 13 Sept 2020 | Reading time: 4 minutes | Watching time: 5 minutes
HERE WeGo and Google Maps are two great navigation apps. Google Maps is the most popular app with over 54% smartphone owners having used it at least once, whereas HERE WeGo previously known as Here Maps now owned by multiple companies is a direct competitor of Google Maps. How do both differ? The blog post explores boh and covers HERE WeGo vs. Google Maps (2020).
Table of contents
- Speedometer text
- Transit options
- Offline navigation
- Business information
- Other features
- Which one is for you?
- Wrap up
Filled with powerful AI, both use different routing techniques. When you search for something, you get the recommended route with additional routes. To identify which one is better, I took a test drive to the given destination. Here is what I found.
|Service||ETA on start||ETA on end||Dist. on start|
|Google Maps||16:36||16:35||12 km|
|HERE WeGo||16:38||16:35||12 Km|
Although, one map can perform better than the other depending on the location and time. HERE WeGo suggested 16:38 ETA, but the actual arrival time was 16:35. Google Maps was more accurate. The full result video is available down below.
Winner: Tie Score: HERE WeGo: 1 | Google Maps: 1
Google Maps is slowly adding reporting features on both Android and iOS. HERE WeGo also comes with a few features. Take a look at the below table for all the supported features.
|Feature||Google Maps||HERE WeGo|
|Speed limit||✔️ limited locations||✔️ limited locations|
|Mobile speed camera||✔️ User-reported||❌|
|Lane Closure||✔️ User-reported||❌|
|Disabled Vehicle||✔️ User-reported||❌|
|Object on Road||✔️ User-reported||❌|
The above chart is considering the features available in Australia.
Winner: Google Maps Score: HERE WeGo: 1 | Google Maps: 2
Regarding the speedometer, both are almost accurate. There is usually a difference of 1 km/hr between the two and the vehicle’s speedometer.
Winner: Tie Score: HERE WeGo: 2 | Google Maps: 3
The next round is covering all the supported routing options. HERE WeGo and Google Maps are one of the services to provide navigation for public transport in over 1300 cities. When you search for an address, HERE WeGo shows all the possible navigation types on the screen with separate tabs for each transport option as well.
Google Maps shows each transport option separately. Google Maps also remembers your choice, so the next time when you search for anything, the tab with the last used transport option comes up. The table shows what transport type both apps offer. The * sign means, that the type is region or device limited.
|Transport option||Google Maps||HERE WeGo|
|Taxi / Uber||✔️*||✔️*|
Winner: Google Maps Score: HERE WeGo: 2 | Google Maps: 4
With HERE WeGo, we can download territories and nations at once, while Google Maps allows you to download a particular area in one go. HERE WeGo also offers to download the public transport data which may not be accurate. The apps automatically switch to the offline mode if the internet connection is not available, but you can toggle the online/offline button in the settings menu.
Winner: Tie Score: HERE WeGo: 3 | Google Maps: 5
There is no comparison in this round because no app comes close to Google Maps. Let’s take a look at the below table to see which service supports what.
|Feature||Google Maps||HERE WeGo|
|Nearby public transport||✔️||❌|
Winner: Google Maps Score: HERE WeGo: 3 | Google Maps: 6
|Google Maps||HERE WeGo|
Google Maps comes with a program where users can earn points by posting pictures and videos, answering questions, and rating and reviewing places. The service also uses a level system, where the level increases after certain points. The points can help you go to Google Maps events across the world.
Winner: Google Maps Score: HERE WeGo: 3 | Google Maps: 7
Are you still confused? Watch the video to see both on the road.
Which one is for you?
Both do a good job. HERE WeGo is popular in Europe, so if you live in Europe, then you must try HERE WeGo. Google Maps is the ultimate stop if you don’t like HERE WeGo. For other countries, both will work fine, but I believe that Google Maps may perform better in more situations. The final score in HERE WeGo vs Google Maps is 3 against 7.
The end of HERE WeGo vs. Google Maps is here. I hope the blog post helped. The comparison covered the most essential features, but still, if you have any doubts or feedback, please leave in the comments down below.