So for context, I’ve used sailfish OS on all my mobile devices for some time now, and their default maps app is HERE WeeGO (Here Maps on android)
Got a work phone that needs android recently and I had no idea the user experience had gotten this bad for maps on android.
These are the differences I’ve noticed moving back:
- spatial accuracy is very poor, constantly jumps around on the road
- offline maps are buggy
- the nav constantly pesters you about speed traps and traffic patterns, obscuring the screen to try to get you to respond
- changes your route mid-drive
- gets addresses wrong about 10% of the time
- if you enter an address at or near a business that’s closed it makes you confirm you actually want to go there
- activates google voice with no obvious way to disable it without digging through settings
- has toll roads and ferries ON by default
- every update seems to reset preferences, so you may be headed towards a toll road unawares and won’t know google voice is on till the bars pop up and obscure your speed/heading info in the UI
- the way they’ve implemented the dynamic zoom to adjust to relative speed completely removes any spatial reference
- might be placebo but its routing seems to be worse than HERE or osmand
- the walking mode shouts at you every 30 seconds because the location info is so jittery that it reroutes constantly to the point of being unuseable.
Ended up switching back to the android version of HERE on the android phone and forgoing the system integration because it was incredibly frustrating to use.
In the past Google Maps wasn’t anywhere this bad, I don’t know how they let this happen.
Anyone else share this experience?