Google Maps Premium Plan in Simple Terms

June 23rd, 2017

What is the Google Maps Premium Plan?

Which APIs are included in the Google Maps Premium Plan?

Up until now, businesses and developers that wanted to take advantage of Google Maps APIs had to decide on individual APIs. This led to the use of each API being billed via separate contracts. With the Premium Plan, billing is made much easier as companies can now use all Google Maps APIs as part of a single license. Additionally, the new Google Maps Premium Plan allows for access to all 13 APIs. Furthermore, you are guaranteed around-the-clock technical support as well as a service level agreement. With full access to the entire product range, you’ve got everything that you may need for customisable, scalable and mobile maps and websites. In the future, the only distinction will be whether you are developing the application for external or internal use or you require the service for asset tracking (live tracking of persons or goods). You can use 13 APIs to design applications for any type of platform.

The following APIs are part of the Google Maps Premium Plan:

You can use all 13 APIs to design applications for any platform.

  • Javascript API (Example: This API can be used to place tags, such as, for example, of your company location, on a Google Maps map)
  • Static Maps API (Example: With the Static Maps API, images of a Google Maps map can be added to a website or a mobile application)
  • Street View Image API (Example: Use this API to display Google Street View images, including 360-degree views, on your website)
  • Directions API (Example: With the help of this API, users can implement a simple navigation, which can be enhanced with additional tools such as waypoints, different transportation routes, as well a calculation of the estimated travel time)
  • Geocoding API (Example: This API converts addresses into geographic coordinates and as well as coordinates into addresses)
  • Distance Matrix API (Example: This API calculates the estimated travel time and distance based on the suggested route)
  • Elevation API (Example: With this API, you can receive elevation data for all locations on earth)
  • Geolocation API (Example: With this API, a person’s location and precision radius can be detected with the help of phone masts and WIFI nodes)
  • Places API* (Example: This API enables users to receive information on places such as famous sights)
  • Roads API (Example: With the help of this API, you can assign GPS coordinates to the course of a road and determine speed limits)
  • Timezone API (Example: This API provides data on the time difference between locations. Additionally, the data contains the name of the time zone, the deviation from UTC time and other time differences)
  • Google Maps SDK for iOS (Example: This API allows you to create user-defined maps for your iOS app)
  • Google Maps Android API (Example: With this API, you can create user-defined maps for your Android apps)

* The Places API cannot be licensed for Android and iOS as part of the Premium Plan

If you are trying to decide whether or not you need a Google Maps license, you can find additional information on the following post.