If you want to add Google Maps data to your application, you can choose between 2 APIs:

The following table helps you decide between the 2 APIs by giving an overview of their differences and similarities. Consult the reference documentation for more information.

GoogleImageModel GoogleLayer

Supported on a Map

Supported on a WebGLMap

Used API

Static Maps API (v2) of Google

Google Maps v3 API

Navigation without restrictions

Images without size restrictions

Performance/memory consumption

Good

Lower performance