HERE WeGo vs Google Maps – Which One is the Ultimate Winner?

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 and which was owned by Nokia. Although there is no doubt that Google Maps offer 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 look at the difference and compare the essential features of both.

HERE WeGo vs Google Maps

Routing

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

If you would like to learn more about the above results, then check out the video on YouTube. Both are pretty accurate in terms of navigation.

Regarding the routing in HERE WeGo vs Google Maps, both maps 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 like the above.

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.

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

* means supports limited locations.
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.

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 mentioning all the supported navigational options. HERE WeGo and Google Maps are one of the maps apps to provide support for public transport in over 1300 cities across the world. Google Maps, on the other hand, shows each transport option in a different tab. Check the supported transport options (depending on the location, some feature may not be available).

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.

Read Sygic vs Google Maps.

Offline navigation

Both support offline navigation in different ways. With HERE WeGo, we can download territories and nations at once, while Google Maps allows you to download a particular area (approx. 70 kilometres max) in one go. Both maps download the data which does not require an internet connection to work. HERE WeGo offers to download the public transport data which may not be accurate. Both uses AI to switch between online and offline navigation, but you can toggle on/off the online navigation in the settings menu.

Updating maps

After a specific time, Google Maps offline data expires, and you must download a fresh copy to use the offline maps. HERE WeGo maps are saved in the device, and you can use them until there is an update available.

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 selling that information. With scores, you get rewards, including the annual free tours.

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. Google Maps supports street view in many countries.
  2. As you navigate, Google Maps shows the total number of lanes and which lane should the driver drive.
  3. Google Maps creates a timeline of the places you go to.
  4. Both support a wide range of navigation voices.
  5. You can share your live location with your friends on Google Maps.
  6. With Google Maps, you get suggestions for great places.

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

Final score

The final score for HERE WeGo vs Google Maps is Google Maps lead by two points with additional support for the six other features mentioned above.

In conclusion

Google Maps is famous around the world, but HERE WeGo is popular in Europe. Both are great and already offer the features more than half of the maps apps out there.

The end of HERE WeGo vs Google Maps fight is here. I hope the post helped. Thanks for having a read and let me know if you have something to say about the comparison.

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The post was last updated on 24/Oct/2019.

Author: Madhsudhan

Hello, my name is Madhsudhan Khemchandani. I'm a Software Engineer, graduated from UniSA, Adelaide. I'm the owner, author, and maintainer of this post and the site. Please contact me if you have any questions or feedback.

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