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People may be tempted to think every navigation application is the same because their primary function is to get you from point A to point B. However, Google owns both Waze and Maps with features that are make them distinctly different from each other.

Waze allows drivers to share information with application users on road traffic accidents, road closures and police officers asking to drivers to pull vehicles over.

Google Maps has more features, transportation options and includes an array of information such as important locations like businesses, hotels, monuments, etc.

What Are The Differences?

Google Maps

Google Maps offers voice navigation options, regardless of whether you’re in a car, bike or walking. It offers live traffic conditions as well as alternative routes when there are closed roads. It also offers navigation options for driving, walking, biking and public transportation. It includes Google Street View and has an offline mode supporting navigation for turn-by-turn. It lets you know if you’re going to be late for your destination, recommends the lane for which you should drive in and track and save the location information.


Waze has social network integration, allowing users to report live traffic. It also provides celebrity voice navigation possibilities. It learns the desired destinations and routes, and looks for the cheapest gas stations along your route. By default, it avoids highways. It lets users to give up-to-date information regarding their ETA to people they want to give it to…and so much more!

How Easy Are Waze and Google Maps To Use

Think of Google Maps as being digital version for a paper map, which recommends major roads… not the side ones. Users can type in a certain address but if unable to remember the street, they can type the business name or kind of business in. Street View will allow users to know how the location looks and how they can get there. Google Maps will let users choose between the transportation options. When choosing between the options, users get route recommendations with the various ETAs. If going the highway, the program informs users to know what lane they need to be for the exit ramp. It also offer turn-by-turn navigation.

Waze puts attention on driving, showing all roads on the map. Within its search menu, users can type in a company’s name or the address, and the app informs them what route to take. Waze also shows sponsored destination – this can be a bit infuriating and disrupting. It’s got a turn-by-turn feature that’s similar to a traditional GPS device.