Mobile Location and Maps are used together to track the location of the Car, Bus etc. This feature is mostly used in Taxi Booking, Taxi Rental kind of mobile apps. OLA & UBER are the well-known giants in this taxi booking mobile app platform. To use these kinds of apps, you need to turn on GPS Location in your mobile.
We use Maps API for this kind of mobile app development. There are so many Maps API providers who provide Map API as free & premium versions. Few of them are Google Maps, Microsoft Bing Maps, OpenLayers, OpenStreetMap, MapQuest, Foursquare, Mapbox, Esri ArcGIS, and Yahoo BOSS PlaceFinder.
Here in this article we are going to discuss about the top 5 Mapping API providers which are available in the market.
Google Maps is the 5th most popular mobile app, both Android and iOS, as on June 2017. Google is continuously providing various features and that’s the reason why they are on the top.
Google Maps API Link: https://developers.google.com/maps/
Google Maps API Provider: Google
Microsoft Bing Maps
Microsoft Bing Maps API is long way behind when compared to Google Maps API. But still they are also the widely used Maps API. This API is owned by Microsoft. Microsoft Bing Maps API provides detailed documentation and it is well documented. Microsoft Bing Maps API provides various API options based on the needs. They are V8 Web Control, Windows 10, REST, Spatial Data and WPF.
Microsoft Bing Maps API Link: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/maps/choose-your-bing-maps-api
Microsoft Bing Maps API Provider: Microsoft
OpenLayers Maps API Link: http://openlayers.org/en/latest/doc/
OpenLayers Maps API Provider: OpenLayers
OpenStreetMap API is another widely used Maps API. OpenStreetMap is quite different when compared to other Map APIs. OpenStreetMap is a free project which is maintained by group of volunteers who distribute free Geographical data. OpenStreetMap API uses tags to describe geographic attribute. Features of OpenStreetMap API are Aerialway, Aeroway, Amenity, Barrier, Boundary, Building, Craft, Emergency, Geological, Highway, Waterway, Tourism, Railway and much more to this list. Major difference between OpenStreetMap and other Map API providers are this OpenStreetMap API does not allow embedding the map in the website page. They are used to retrieve or store the geographical date in their database.
OpenStreetMap Maps API Link: http://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=4/21.84/82.79
OpenStreetMap Maps API Provider: OpenStreetMap
MapQuest Maps API Link: https://developer.mapquest.com/
MapQuest Maps API Provider: MapQuest