Comparing Yahoo’s New Maps to Others

Yahoo just announced some UI and functionality improvements to its maps. I was somewhat surprised by this, but I’m pleased. I had thought Yahoo was on autopilot (so to speak) with its maps.

Here’s what the improved UI looks like:

Yahoo maps

Now compare that with . . .

Google Maps

Google Maps

Mapquest

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Nokia-Here

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Bing Maps

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Maquest is definitely the dog of the bunch from a UI perspective. And when one compares Bing, Yahoo and Nokia-Here, the three share a similar look and feel. However I think Yahoo, at least aesthetically, has done a nice job and distinguished itself. (To varying degrees Nokia-Here is behind both Bing and Yahoo.)

Take a look at the new UI and play around with it and let me know if you think it’s competitive. (There’s no mobile app yet.)

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4 Responses to “Comparing Yahoo’s New Maps to Others”

  1. Michael Bauer says at

    I think Facebook Nearby should be in the discussion here too, Greg.  I like their innovation in stacking businesses and their use of brand images as pins.  Get a good, quick sense of businesses that way.  It seems they don’t have quite the coverage they need but we’re talking experience not data.  Still room for innovation in mapping though.

  2. Greg Sterling says at

    I also could have included OpenStreetMap. Yes, FB is a major player waiting to break out. Like a raw talent in sports that still needs a lot of effort and practice. 

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  4. David Mihm says at

    Shouldn’t Yahoo be the same as here? It’s just that Yahoo is going to layer some of their own content on top of Here’s tiles?

  5. Greg Sterling says at

    Yes. I believe the data and “back end” are all Here.

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