Google Maps Android API

Google Maps Android API allows you to offer interactive, feature-rich maps to users of your Android application. With the Google Maps Android API, you can add maps based on Google Maps data to your application. The API automatically handles access to Google Maps servers, data downloading, map display, and response to map gestures. You can also use API calls to add markers, polygons, and overlays to a basic map, and to change the user’s view of a particular map area. These objects provide additional information for map locations, and allow user interaction with the map. The API allows you to add these graphics to a map:

  • Icons anchored to specific positions on the map (Markers)
  • Sets of line segments (Polylines) for drawing shapes
  • Enclosed segments (Polygons), filled, unfilled or hollow
  • Bitmap graphics anchored to specific positions on the map (Ground Overlays)
  • Sets of images which are displayed on top of the base map tiles (Tile Overlays)

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