1. bradbamford's Avatar
    There are two Very Popular Google Maps applications in the Store.
    Many of you probably have one of these installed, they are "Maps+" and "GMaps+"

    They have different publishers, different names, last updated 2 days apart but everything else looks the same.
    Even the screenshots are the same!

    Maps+ (3500 Reviews)
    Maps+ | Windows Phone Apps+Games Store (United States)

    GMaps+ (7000 Reviews)
    GMaps+ | Windows Phone Apps+Games Store (United States)

    What's the difference, and if it's the same app, who is the real publisher?
    01-08-2014 06:27 AM
  2. someonecalledsukhjit's Avatar
    Both are unofficial apps made by 3rd party devs. It's just a name. Try both and choose whichever you like. I prefer here maps more than these apps.

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    01-08-2014 07:32 AM
  3. bradbamford's Avatar
    ^^^ you obviously didn't read my post or look at the links provided.
    Of course they are unofficial apps made by 3rd party(s).

    The question is, why do we have "seemingly" identical apps in the store.
    All meta data (descriptions, screenshots, etc) between the apps in the store are the exact same except the last update is 2 days different, the publisher is completely different, the name of the apps are completely different. Both apps are extremely popular and very frequently updated.

    So, do we have a case of one dev submitting the same app to the store under 2 different Publisher accounts (probably, but why) ?
    Or, did someone steal the code, rename it, and publish it as their own (not likely)
    Or, something else.

    I want to support developers, but I don't know who it is in this case.
    Maybe, there are real differences between the two apps, but I'd like to know about them.

    Not sure how Microsoft let's these apps coexist, or why there's two of them that's all.
    01-08-2014 11:14 AM
  4. Acbuono5's Avatar
    Your guess is as good as anyones.
    01-08-2014 11:47 AM
  5. asylumxl's Avatar
    Perhaps one uses APIs available in 7.1 and one for 8.0+ only?
    01-08-2014 02:50 PM
  6. someonecalledsukhjit's Avatar
    Ahh sorry for not reading carefully. Was on phone so couldn't make it out.

    Yes I see that they are identical. Maybe a dev using multiple accounts? To make more profit maybe? As Acbuono5 said, "Your guess is as good as anyones. ".
    01-09-2014 02:29 AM
  7. bradbamford's Avatar
    Perhaps one uses APIs available in 7.1 and one for 8.0+ only?
    Maybe, but why two different publishers?
    They both ask for donations. I'd like to support the developer, I just don't know who the real developer is in this case.
    01-22-2014 09:12 PM

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