|License:||proprietary (Free/$4.99 for Pro)|
|Platform:||iPhone ; iPad ; iPod ; Android ; BlackBerry|
Offline maps of all countries, fast renderer, offline search, whole planet fits to 12Gb
The app comes in 2 versions - MAPS.ME Lite with limited functions (free) and MAPS.ME (paid).
Features of MAPS.ME Lite:
- Possibility to download unlimited number of maps
- Offline work
- Possibility to determine user’s location through the use of GPS
MAPS.ME has some additional functions:
- Offline search (by name, address, category and coordinates)
- Adding bookmarks
- Auto-follow mode
- Possibility to share location and bookmarks with friends
- Import of bookmarks and tracks in KML format
The app uses a data compression method developed by the company’s engineers that ensures fast work and small memory usage.
April 2011 - first iOS version released
December 2011 - updated map styles and support of different languages
February 2012 - MapsWithMe Lite for the App Store (iPhone/iPad), Android Market, Kindle Fire and Android for Amazon Appstore released
April 2012 - MapsWithMe Pro released for iOS
August 2012 - MapsWithMe Pro released for Google Play
November 2012 - bookmarks adding feature released for iOS
January 2013 - 1 million downloads
February 2013 - bookmarks import and export released for iOS
February 2013 - bookmarks adding feature released for Android
March 2013 - bookmarks import and export released for Android
May 2013 - bookmarks sharing released
July 2013 - MapsWithMe API released
November 2013 - import and export of tracks in KML format released
December 2013 - YotaPhone version (e-ink adapted) released
April 2014 - BlackBerry version released
July 2014 - the app's name changed to MAPS.ME, address search added.
Small international company MapsWithMe with headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, and engineering office in Minsk, Belarus, was founded in 2010.
In 2012 MapsWithMe became first on Startup Monthly - startup competition in Vilnius, Lithuania. The team won a nine-week traineeship in the Silicon Valley, USA, as a prize.
Beside MAPS.ME app, the company develops offline travel guides GuideWithMe based on WikiVoyage data and MAPS.ME API.
In 2014 MapsWithMe was included in the list of top-15 startups according to Belarusian web-portal IT.TUT.BY.
Data Source and Technologies
All map data for MAPS.ME is taken from OpenStreetMap - a collaborative project to create a free editable map of the world. OpenStreetMap uses the same principle as Wikipedia - each registered user can edit the map.
Technologies used in the app:
- Objective C
- Android NDK
- OpenGL ES
MAPS.ME provides free API to developers for both commercial and personal use.
In 2013 developers of YotaPhone, Russian smartphone with 2 displays, requested MapsWithMe to develop a version of the app especially for the e-ink display of the device. MapsWithMe released a special version of the app optimized for both color and e-ink screens of the smartphone.
The main screen allows users to see maps of all world countries, drop pins on the map and find their location. Then it is possible to move the maps to the e-ink display to use the map in the energy saving mode.
The main competitors of MAPS.ME are mobile apps that provide offline maps - OsmAnd, CityMaps 2 Go, 2Gis and others. Possibility to download unlimited number of maps, fast rendering and offline search are among benefits of MAPS.ME. However, there’s neither turn by turn navigation nor route planning.