Location based apps are one of the most versatile phone applications in the industry. They can be implemented in just about any domain.

From geolocation focused apps that help you find your way around town such as Waze or Google Maps, to applications that are meant to link you with other people in your close proximity.

These types of apps center around the geosocial part of the location based apps, such as Tinder or Facebook Marketplace.

Anyway, if you are thinking about creating a location based mobile application, you must integrate a map of some sort.

So, we present the top 5 most popular maps that app developers use in creating location based apps.

1. Google Maps

Google Maps is most used when it comes to creating this sort of app, due to its reliability and usability.

Whether you are trying to get to your destination on foot, by car or by public transport, Google has got your back. Also, it alerts you of any traffic jams that took place in your area, and it automatically adapts its route in order to save you some time.

It also shows local businesses located en-route so it is a pretty clever way of advertising, and who knows? Maybe you will try out the new restaurant you’ve just found on the way.

2. Waze

The reason of why Waze is included in this list is because of its approach regarding community involvement. It is implemented in a way that users are able to report any incidents that occurred along the road, which is something very handy, that could avoid you losing precious time.

However, unlike Google Maps, this app doesn’t offer you information about local businesses, and its routes are strictly catered to personal vehicle transportation.

3. OsmAnd

What makes this app very useful is its offline availability. So, wherever you are, you will have no trouble finding your way to the destination, regardless of the presence of an internet signal.

Also, OsmAnd offers a very in-detail map that shows you everything you want to know about the route you are using. Such as toll booths, condition of the road.

Not only that, but this app can be used by both drivers and pedestrians.

4. Sygic Maps and Navigation

This one is perfect for the drivers out there since it offers information about parking spots in the area. So, if you are ever having any trouble finding a parking spot for your car, this app has got you covered.

Besides, Sygic takes recommendations from Trip Advisor, so it will offer you some travel guides based on your location.

5. BackCountry Navigator

BackCountry Navigator is a map designed with the more adventurous people in mind. It offers very detailed information about the topography around you.

If you love nature and are a hiker, this app is a must-have. It could really save you out of some nasty situations if God forbid, you happen to get lost.


With those being said, the maps listed here offer you great diversity for any type of location based app you might develop.

These maps are catered to most types of people, such as drivers, tourists, hikers, or just people who want to get from point A to point B.