HERE WeGo vs Google Maps | Which One is Better in 2020?

HERE WeGo vs Google Maps
HERE WeGo vs Google Maps

When it comes to navigation, different people use different services. Google Maps, which is the most popular app with over 54% smartphone owners having used it at least once, while HERE WeGo is overall a great maps service. HERE WeGo is formerly known as Here Maps formerly owned by Nokia. Although Google Maps offers more features than HERE WeGo, the question remains, which one is more accurate and faster. In HERE WeGo vs Google Maps post, we are going to reveal that.

HERE WeGo vs Google Maps

Table of contents

Video comparison

The video covers the test drive of both apps at the same time. We are covering basic settings and how both work on the road.

Routing (test)

HERE WeGo vs Google Maps - Routing
HERE WeGo vs Google Maps – Routing

Filled with powerful AI, both use different routing techniques. When you search for something, you get the recommended route with additional routes. To identify which one is better, I took a test drive to the given destination. Here is what I found.

ServiceETA on startETA on endDist. on startDist.  on end
Google Maps16:3616:3512 km11 Km
HERE WeGo16:3816:3512 Km11 Km

Regarding the routing in HERE WeGo vs Google Maps, both perform well because depending on the time and traffic, both maps can give you a long route. In my experience, the routing result most of the times is very close.

Score: HERE WeGo: 1 | Google Maps: 1. Reviews: Both do a good job.

Reporting

Google Maps is slowly adapting the reporting tools, but HERE WeGo already has some of the essential reporting features. Take a look at the below table for all the supported features. Some features are area and device limited.

FeatureGoogle MapsHERE WeGo
Speed camera✔️
Speed limit✔️
Vehicle’s speedAndroid only✔️
Mobile speed camera✔️
Crash✔️
Congestion✔️
Roadworks✔️
Lane Closure✔️
Disabled Vehicle✔️
Object on Road✔️

One more thing to include in the reporting section is the under-construction projects displaying feature. HERE WeGo shows you the roads which are currently building.

Speedometer test

Regarding the speedometer, both are reasonably accurate. There is usually a difference of 3 km/h difference between both and the vehicle’s speedometer.

Score: HERE WeGo: 1 | Google Maps: 2. Reviews: I would say, Google Maps has more reporting features than HERE WeGo.

Read: HERE WeGo vs Waze


Transit options

HERE WeGo vs Google Maps - Transit Options
HERE WeGo vs Google Maps – Transit Options

The next round is covering all the supported routing options. HERE WeGo and Google Maps are one of the services to provide support for public transport in over 1300 cities. When you search for an address, HERE WeGo shows all the possible route options on the screen with separate tabs for each transport option as well. Google Maps shows each transport option separately. Google Maps also remembers your choice, so the next time when you search for anything, the tab with the last used transport option comes up.

Transport optionGoogle MapsHERE WeGo
Car✔️✔️
Bicycle✔️✔️
Walking✔️✔️
Taxi / Uber✔️✔️
Public transport✔️✔️

Score: HERE WeGo: 2 | Google Maps: 3. Reviews: Both offer a few transport options in different countries. This round is a tie.

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Offline navigation

With HERE WeGo, we can download territories and nations at once, while Google Maps allows you to download a particular area in one go. HERE WeGo also offers to download the public transport data which may not be accurate. The apps automatically switch to the offline mode if the internet connection is not available, but you can toggle the online/offline button in the settings menu.

Score: HERE WeGo: 3 | Google Maps: 4. Reviews: Offline navigation round is also a tie

Business information

There is no comparison in this round because no app comes close to Google Maps. Let’s take a look at the below table to see which service supports what.

FeatureGoogle MapsHERE WeGo
Business names✔️✔️
Contact information✔️✔️
Website✔️✔️
Rating✔️
Reviews✔️
Business hours✔️✔️
Nearby public transport✔️

Contributions

Although anyone on Google Maps can rate, review, and suggest an edit, Contribution is a way for anyone to do the same, but to earn points against sharing that information. The points can help you go to Google Maps events across the world.

Score: HERE WeGo: 3 | Google Maps: 5. Reviews: Google Maps get this round.

Other features

Let’s talk about the different features which can make a difference.

  1. It supports street view in many countries.
  2. Real-time street view is another new feature which shows you the street view while using the walking navigation.
  3. As you navigate, Google Maps shows the total number of lanes and which lane should the driver drive.
  4. Google Maps creates a timeline of the places you go to.
  5. You can share your live location with your friends on Google Maps.
  6. Get suggestions for great places.

Unfortunately, HERE WeGo does not support any feature which Google Maps does not offer.

Final score

Google Maps lead by two points with additional support for the six other features mentioned above. HERE WeGo is most used in Europe, and the company is regularly updating the services. I will recommend checking out HERE WeGo if you have never tried it. For daily drive, Google Maps is there. 

In conclusion

The end of HERE WeGo vs Google Maps fight is here. I hope the post helped. The comparison covered the most essential features of both, but still, if you have any doubts or feedback, please leave in the comments below, and I’ll get back as soon as possible.

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