Tuesday, December 4, 2012

New Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) Maps API for Android

Google Inc(NASDAQ:GOOG) Maps for Android will soon be refreshed with some much-needed additional features, Google announced on Monday.

“The new API uses vector-based maps that support 2D and 3D views, and allow users to tilt and rotate the map with simple gestures,” Google said on the Android Developers Blog.

“Along with the layers you’ve come to know from Google Maps such as satellite, hybrid, terrain and traffic, the new API lets you include indoor maps for many major airports and shopping centers in your app.”

This means more dynamic and flexible user interface designs for Android devices and more layers to the maps.

“The new API is simpler to use, so that creating markers and info windows is easy,” Google said. “Polylines, Polygons, Ground Overlays and Tile Overlays can all now be added to the map with just a few lines of code.”

According to Google it has over 800,000 sites using its mapping APIs. Documentation for the Google Maps Android API v2 can be found here.

Google has added the API to Google Play Services for which the company has just launched version 2.

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