Google Announces Update for Android Google Maps API

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  • 04 Dec 2012
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  • Google announced today the release of an update to the Google Maps API for Android, that will allow developers to use Google’s maps to create even more appealing apps for Android. The new API is even easier to use and it comes with vector-based maps, that load fast and allow users to navigate between 2D and 3D views, tilt and rotate the map as they please, with the usual gestures.

    The new API offers a flexible and dynamic user interface designs, that look great on tablets and involve Android Fragments technology. More Google Maps layers have been added in the apps, including satellite, hybrid, terrain, traffic and even indoor maps are available for shopping malls and airports around the world. You can create markers and information windows with less code now, that’s another one of the fresh features. Google mentions some examples of apps that already use Google Maps technology, like Trulia, Expedia Hotels and Flighttrack.

    Around 800,000 sites all over the world use the mapping APIs from Google to create appealing apps. To get an idea of what this is about, imagine the times when you played with your favourite restaurant’s app and everything was fine and dandy till you reached the Google Maps area. Wouldn’t you want to be easier to use Google Maps inside an app like that, instead of glancing at a JPEG with the restaurant drawn near to some streets?

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