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How to Embed Interactive Maps Into Your App or Website

In the world of apps the king of features is. It is because our need for connectivity is without limitations in the digital age. According to a legendary study that shows more people have smartphones than toothbrushes. In the present an average Android user reads their phone messages on a daily basis. But, despite this the creation of a successful app is still a daunting task. While it is true that there exist 2.5 million apps available on the store for apps but the average user is using just 9 apps frequently.

To be competitive your competitors, your app must be distinctive. According to research that 60% of people would like they had more options with their most loved apps. Therefore, if you fill your app with interesting important features, you’re much more likely to land an coveted position on in the upper rungs of an apps list. The same is true for web-based apps.

There’s also no function that compares to maps. In today’s world of location-based services geospatial information is gold. It doesn’t matter if your customers use it as a navigation tool or your partners provide it as a search-based tool for their clients interactive maps can revolutionize your business.

Below, we’ll discuss mapping tools, maps that embeddable you can incorporate into your app to inform users of where they’re required to get to. Therefore, instead of requiring users to rely on a different mapping application to locate the location of your application, users will just find you via your application. This makes life easier for them, which will result in lower churn rate for you.

What are Embeddable Mapping Tools?

We’ve used our smartphones and called Google or Siri for directions to the closest McDonald’s. We all have utilized Google Maps (or MapQuest) to navigate our way through unfamiliar streets. While no one is sure the amount Google put into the development of its extremely complex Google Maps software We imagine that the costs are likely to be staggering. But, it’s efforts have yielded massive dividends.

In the present, users can utilize Google Maps, Bing, and OpenStreetMap at no cost on your application. In essence, you’re getting billions of dollars worth of R&D at no cost. Embeddable mapping tools are bits of code that you can insert into the app to provide users with the ability to map. The question isn’t whether the mapping tools will make the X amount of money. The real question is whether you can take advantage of the possibility to integrate maps into your application without cost? It’s not expensive and your users avoid the time of searching for a map app.

In the last few years, we’ve observed these maps being used in fascinating ways. Lego and Chrome joined forces to create Build with Chrome which allowed users to play with maps by allowing them to create Lego objects using Google Maps. We’ve also come across travel apps that provide discounts when you’re close to partnered companies. We’ve witnessed how gig economy-based on-demand services make use of maps to enhance the user experience.

How can you incorporate the ability to map your application?

Three Options to embed Interactive Maps in Your Web/Mobile App

There are three choices when it comes to mapping software: Google, Bing, or OpenStreetMap.

1. Google Maps

Google Maps is the de actual map service in the world. Every day, more than a million users use Google Maps to navigate their routes around town. If it weren’t to China’s Great Firewall, Google Maps is the most used map tool in every country. It’s not difficult to embed Google maps into your web app will take less than 3 minutes. What you need to do:

Open Google Maps.
Visit Map (or Street View) of your area.
Click the Menu (top right).
Click to share to share or embed maps.
Maps that you can embed.
Select the size you would like by clicking on the down button just to the right of the field for text.
Take a copy of the HTML code. Copy it and embed Google Map in html.

That’s it! You can also make use of Google Maps Platform to add an API to your application or web-based app an option to consider when you wish to offer more sophisticated maps capabilities.

Google Maps is, by far, the most well-known mapping tool. However, it’s not the only choice.

2. Bing

Bing Maps may be in second spot in the “mapping competition.” But this doesn’t mean it’s superior in comparison to Google Maps. In fact, Bing offers a user-friendly API as well as high-resolution mapping photos and nearly all of the features of Google Maps. While it does not have bike routes, or as many places but it does get the task accomplished. You can utilize the Bing Embed Map tool to generate the map of your current area on your application.

All taken into consideration, Bing does some things better than Google. We appreciate its clear travel guides, traffic updates and traffic camera images. Therefore, Bing isn’t in second-place in terms of features, it’s just branding. However, there’s an enormous drawback to Bing that is it provides an unsatisfactory mobile experience the maps app. Google Maps dominates mobile (it practically controls the entire market). This is something you should keep in mind when embedding maps into your website application. We strongly suggest Google for mobile applications.

3. OpenStreetMap

In the case of number 3 it is possible to include several alternatives. The majority of people will make use of Bing as well as Google. However, there are attractive alternatives to these that include TomTom, Waze, and HERE WeGo. However, OpenStreetMap has a particular benefit that we’d like to highlight It’s an open-source. Therefore, millions of users from all over the world frequently update OpenStreetMap data. It could be the most current and accurate map available on the Internet.

There are, of course, drawbacks with OpenStreetMap. It does not have satellite imagery or StreetView. However, its precision and open-source backbone makes it the most popular choice in TripAdvisor, FourSquare, and Uber. To embed OpenStreetMaps, you simply:

Go to openstreetmap
Select the area you wish to show.
Click the share button.
Click on the “HTML” alternative.
Click “Add an item onto the map.”
You can copy and paste the HTML text into this box (starts with an iframe).
Copy it into the web application.

OpenStreetMaps also provides a wide range of user-created libraries in case you’re looking to add them to your mobile application.