Google released improved maps API for Android apps
Posted on December 5, 2012, by Admin, under Technology News
On 3rd December 2012 , Google launched it’s improved maps API for Android Application. In the Developer Blog, the company introduced it’s latest features, for the users and App developers to enjoy. Google’s new API features some major improvements, to give you a better experience of Google Maps. As per the announcement, developers can now utilize Google’s Better and more authentic Map Service to develop eye candy Android Application. With the enhanced Maps API, the vector based maps can now be wired faster enabling users to smoothly maneuver 2 dimensional and 3 dimensional views. Users can now Rotate and tilt the map using “simple gesture”, as per Google’s claim.
The main features, as suggested by Google are:
- Better UI for the Tablets and other large screen android devices.
- More Map layers including traffic, terrain, satellite, indoor maps for popular places like shopping centres and airports.
- A better maps API enables the app developers to create markers with less amount of programming.
Below is a screenshot of Trulia App for Android, which uses the new maps API.
With the better maps API, Applications will now be closer to the reality. Not only will they provide you the best view of the place that you’re currently in, they will also provide you more information on that place. You will be able to collect those information with simple gestures. Sci-fi fictions are no more a joke!
Google also released an official video on Youtube, where App developers shared their views and experiences on the new and improved maps API. You can have a look at it here: