Thursday, March 27, 2008

YahooMaps vs GoogleMaps


When I was in uk, we extensively used google maps for driving-directions whenvever we went around by car. Certainly that kind of service was missing in India around one/two years back but with likes of MapsOfIndia, MapMyIndia, MapUnity, GoogleMaps and YahooMaps coming up; we can see the online maps (especially driving-directions) service becoming a competitive space.
Though these services are in their nascent stage at present but then for a country as big as India it may take good enough time before we see a full fledge service that covers whole of india.
It is very much possible that most of these companies will focus on major cities only at present.

Most of these services have focused bangalore as their starting point. GoogleMaps is pretty good in UK in terms of providing driving directions but here in India, MapsUnity looks to be much better than GoogleMaps in Bangalore.
I was searching for driving directions in Pune (From Aundh to Viman nagar). First I tried using googleMaps but same for bangalore, googlemaps was unable to provide driving-directions.

Then I searched on google for "Pune maps" and found "in.maps.yahoo.com" as a sponsored link.
It was a pleasant surprise to the quality of service of YahooMaps. Along with efficient driving-directions, it provides an interface to send the directions to your mobile, something I didn't see in UK.
This is one more example of dominance of mobile phones in India. As it has been said many a times about India's Internet Space; India centric Internet firms always look for a 'mobile-phone' option for their service.

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