New MapQuest Beta and Google Maps Differences

Are you looking to plan a journey in the near future? Do you need to find directions to your location? If so, then look no further. The new MapQuest Beta has been cleverly redesigned and looks to be stiff competition for its rival Google Maps. Why not check out the differences between the two!

According to Mashable, AOL took over MapQuest in 2000, and although it has been bringing online mapping and direction tools to users ever since, it has seen a decline in numbers due to its competitors Google Maps. Google Maps can offer Street View and integration with Google Search to name but a few. MapQuest are hoping to change all of this, with a new design, a new logo and a new way forward to encourage users.

Users can experience a new sleeker design that purely focuses less on directions and more on local discovery. Up until now Google have had a one-box search that can make it easier for users to find a specific location or to help get started with directions. MapQuest have now followed this with their new interface. It focuses now on the user being able to add and reorder different stops on their journey through a drag-and-drop system, along with new images, sharing features and improved icons. A big difference between the two can be seen with MapQuest now offering the user a tool (AOL Patch) to find out what is happening in their area.

The new MapQuest’s complete redesign and features will appeal to all users, but with technology like the iPhone, Android and iPad Google Maps on these mobile devices, MapQuest will have it’s work cut out.

Are you a user of the Google Map, will you be encouraged to change to the new MapQuest? To read more about this check out Mashable