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There’s no doubt that Google maps is the leading map provider both for mobile and web systems, especially since the iOS maps are much under-developed compared to what Google has to offer, but David Pogue of the New York Times expressed that the Google maps app for Apple is quite superior in design compared to the same app on Android.

It should be logical that companies such as Google, Microsoft, and Apple should keep their best products to themselves and offer other platforms with a down-graded yet adequate version of their own technology, because product ecosystems comprise a tough, cut-throat competition in the tech world. But with the so-called design advantage of the Google maps for the iOS over the Android version, it’s puzzling what Google can make out of this.

The answer to the question on whether Google maps looks better on the iOS version than the Android depends on what it is used for. Although both applications are similar when it comes to their core functions – search results, walking directions, transit routes, turn-by-turn navigation options, among others – these are entirely different apps, especially when it comes to functionality and design.

The Google maps version for the iOS looks clean and organized right from the first screen, and it clearly delivers navigational data at a first glance. The search bar is located along the top, and this helps users easily locate the most frequently-used feature in Google maps. A menu button sits just beside the search bar that brings users to a list of preset locations for home, work, and other saved options that saves users from repeatedly keying in an address on the search bar. Although the Android version is also equipped with this feature, it’s buried underneath the app’s home screen, making it difficult to access for the non-tech savvy users.

The iOS version is also equipped with info cards that pop up in a bar at the bottom whenever a user searches for a point of interest and taps on a pin. The info box gets bigger, occupying about 2/3 of the screen, with just a tap. Users can also go through different search results by swiping to the left or to the right, and they can also access additional information such as Zagat ratings, navigation options, and other business information, and going back to the home screen can be done by just swiping downwards.

Google maps for iOS has a cleaner and intuitive design, but the Android version also has something to offer. The Google maps for Android offers exclusive perks such as offline maps, indoor and terrain maps, and bicycle route overlays. Smoother panning and zooming features, along with its enhanced functionality while running on the background and default maps-app status give the Android version an edge over the iOS. Additionally, the Android version has access to Google services such as local recommendations, offers, checked-in locales, and Wikipedia overlays.

Looking at all the features of both Google maps versions, it’s evident that Google’s has perked up the Android version with exclusive features that prioritize user customization and power-user functionality with the integration of Google services. Meanwhile, Apple’s maps have a better user-interface because it’s focused on delivering an intuitive user-experience to its customers. That being said, both Google maps app versions perform exquisitely well, with credit given to Google for developing a high-quality app for a competitor’s platform.