Posted by: bluesyemre | July 25, 2013

The top seven alternatives to the Google Maps API

The top seven alternatives to the Google Maps API

  • Even free alternatives to Google’s mapping API provide significant advantages. Wm Leler expands your mapping horizons by helping you pick the APIs that are right for your application. Google’s Map API is one of the most popular JavaScript libraries on the web, used by more than 350,000 websites. And with good reason – it’s powerful and for six years was absolutely free. It spawned a wave of map mashup websites (who initially hacked the then-private API, which Google not only tolerated but encouraged). But Google dropped a bombshell in October 2011 when its announced it would start charging the heaviest users of Google Maps and would eventually start inserting ads for other users (as it does for videos on YouTube). Google’s price was quite high – $4 per thousand map views – which had popular map-based websites scrambling to find cheaper alternatives rather than paying Google tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars each month. By June, Google realised it had priced its maps too high and was in danger of losing most of its potential paying customers, so it dropped the price by 88% to 50 cents per thousand views. But the damage had been done. Other vendors and open-source solutions had already attracted attention as reasonable alternatives.

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