Josh O'Connor Josh O'Connor - 4 months ago 22
iOS Question

MapKit or Google Maps SDK? (iOS)

I am doing an app that requires a map with markers (which includes address and pictures) and possibly a GPS. I am feeding the data (address and pictures) from Parse database, and I am developing for iOS... I have heard that native is better, but I am a huge fan of google and google maps. Which one would you recommend? Mapkit or GoogleMaps? What is the benefit of one over the other?

Thank you.
Josh

Answer

MapKit has a much better integration with CoreLocation and CoreAnimation. The “Follow user location” mode is missing in Google Maps; as well, the ability to add advanced animations to annotations (MKAnnotation is represented by a UIView, while a GMSMarker is represented by a UIImage) can give your app an appealing touch that the Google Maps SDK just can’t.

from http://www.raywenderlich.com/81103/introduction-google-maps-ios-sdk-swift.

As you are going to show address and picture on the marker, so Apple's Map Kit will be better option to work with.

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