Static Maps API
Embedding the full Google Maps framework into your website puts a lot of unnecessary strain onto your visitor’s computers, as loading the classes can take some time on slower PCs or tablets. Maps generated via the Static Maps API are delivered as bitmap tiles; the URLs can be embedded into the src parameter of an tag. The API is surprisingly flexible – you can modify the colours used by the renderer, can add points of interest or change the type of map requested.
Street View Image API
Google Places API
Finding out how to get from A to B can be an algorithmically daunting task, which furthermore requires the presence of vector data. As Google’s system is completely bitmap based, the search engine vendor was forced to provide developers with a different way to access routing information. The Directions API returns a JSON object that contains data concerning the individual waypoints, which need to be crossed in order to reach the intended target.