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Navigation apps have become extremely useful in this age of smartphone domination. Yes, GPS devices are still being sold with newer versions bearing some quality features. However, more and more drivers are relying on apps like Google Maps to get them to their destination.

An estimated 41% of internet users make use of Google Maps for directions, to check traffic patterns and even to know how long is it of a walk to get from one destination to the other.

So let’s say you’re on vacation in a city you’re not familiar with. You don’t know where to get coffee or where the nearest place is to grab a bite to eat. Well, all of those troubles will be solved by Google Maps for you.

How Google informs you of “areas of interest”

In Maps, blue lines refer to water, vegetation is represented in green and schools bear the color grey. “Areas of interest” are identified with orange. So all you have to do is look at a map for orange items then pick one that suits your fancy. You can also tap on an item to find out more information.

How did Google decide those in orange are “areas of interest”? As they always do: through an algorithm. Particularly, that algorithm helped them find areas with a high concentration of restaurants, bars and shops.

Google Maps isn’t the only one in the navigation apps game. It faces tough competition from Waze, which is a crowdsourced application. Each have their own benefits and it wouldn’t even hurt to have both on your device. Both do run on Android and iOS devices, after all. It all just comes down to preference. But if you’re confused as to which service is best for you, allow this comparison to help you out.

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