Maps and Microsoft just don’t want to mix
by on June 12, 2011
There’s a lot of anger at the ability of Bing Maps on the Windows Phone 7 platform, and as such a number of alternative applications have surfaced to take its place.
gMaps is probably the best version of trying to port the Google experience over to Microsoft’s mobile platform, bringing with it a large amount of functionality.
From being able to choose a wide range of map overlays (for instance the hybrid street and satellite mode) to bringing in traffic information and transit lines, we feel pretty at home with gMaps off the bat.
Locating yourself is easy, and comes with a driving mode as well, which allows you to see your speed and direction, although we couldn’t find an option to actually use navigation, which makes sense seeing as this feels a lot like a port from the browser-based version.
It’s also very, very sluggish to move around at times and gets pretty annoying, and isn’t a patch on the offerings from Apple or Google’s Android – but if you simply MUST have Google Maps on your phone, then this is a decent attempt at such.
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