With the release of Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8, Google had clarified that they will not be delivering any Google services based apps for Windows 8 or WP8. We had covered some of the alternatives available for Google products on Windows Phone 8. Maps are used by all of us for navigation and many other purposes. If you are using Windows 8 on a tablet, then you might want to use maps while travelling. Although there is Bing Maps, it might not be able to replace Google Maps in terms of functionality.
gMaps is an excellent app for Windows 8 which brings in the Google Maps functionality to Windows 8.
You can search for landmark, venues or stores using powerful local search. You can easily use your voice to search (use the microphone button next to the search textbox)
You can get directions from/to your location or between two coordinates/addresses. Different travel modes like ‘Driving’, ‘Cycling’, ‘Walking’ or ‘Public transit’ are supported. When a route is built, you can browse the route steps or select an alternate route.
gMaps with Street View lets you explore places around the world through 360-degree, panoramic, and street-level imagery. You can change your position and rotate right in street view mode.
Main features of gMaps;
- Directions (car, bicycle, public transit or walk)
- Google latitude
- Venues search using powerful local search
- Voice search
- Search charms integration
- Map rotation straight where you’re heading
- Compass and your geo location support
- Night mode with auto detect
- Ultimate street view
- Print current map, search results, route directions
- Localizations: English, Russian, German, Ukrainian
If you need Google Maps for your Windows 8, without doubt, gMaps is the best you can get.