The "Store Locator Utility Library introduced today is an open-source library that makes it simple for developers to create interactive, useful store locators applications using the Google Maps API.
The library is open-sourced under the Apache 2 license.
"Don't spend your time re-inventing the wheel - you can spend your time on more exciting things like designing custom markers and styling maps to truly make your store locator your own," Google stated.
The library provides the following features:
- Pluggable data source - display stores from a data source of your choosing
- HTML5 Geolocation - determines a good initial viewport for the user
- Info window - shows details about a store
- Street View
- Extensible - customise your own markers, info windows, etc.
- Fully-featured side panel, providing:
- Feature filtering
- Autocomplete search
- List of nearby stores
Watch the short video below to get a glimpse of the great functionality offered by the Store Locator utility library.
Get started by visiting the project homepage.
In other Google Maps news, in time for Japan's sakura season, when innumerable cherry blossoms erupt in full pink bloom -- Google Maps launched a new visual travel guide this week that uses Street View technology to help English, Korean, Chinese and Japanese speaking travelers plan hanami flower viewing trips to popular destinations across Japan.
This edition covers eight distinct areas -- Ginza, Asakusa, Akihabara, Tsukji, Kamakura, Fuji spots, Kyoto, and Osaka.
In total, the guide offers 339 total locations, including 26 great cherry blossom viewing spots.