New 'Google Maps Android API, Photo Sphere as Open Format' Now Part of Play Services v2

Google Maps Android API version 2.0 update now allow developers to build Android apps utilizing Google's Maps to its fullest.In addition, Google Play services version 2.0 launched today now includes two new APIs: Maps Android API and Photo Sphere supporting devices from Froyo onwards (API level 8+)."The new API uses vector-based maps support 2D and […]

Google Maps Android API version 2.0 update now allow developers to build Android apps utilizing Google's Maps to its fullest.

In addition, Google Play services version 2.0 launched today now includes two new APIs: Maps Android API and Photo Sphere supporting devices from Froyo onwards (API level 8+).

"The new API uses vector-based maps support 2D and 3D views, and allow users to tilt and rotate the map with simple gestures. 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," google wrote.

Google also noted that more than 800,000 sites around the world use mapping APIs to create apps.

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Features included in this release of Maps Android API:

  • "More dynamic and flexible UI designs for large screen Android devices, such as tablets, using Android Fragments
  • Adding more Google Maps layers in their apps including satellite, hybrid, terrain, traffic and now indoor maps for many major airports and shopping centers
  • Ability to create markers and info windows with less code."

Photo Sphere mode in the in Android 4.2 camera, which can be used to create amazing, immersive panoramas just like in the Street View -- today released as an "open format," empowering developers, businesses, and photographers to explore new uses of Photo Sphere for work and for play and create and view them on the web or on mobile devices.

"A Photo sphere is simply an image file (like a JPG) that has in it text-based metadata, an open format created by Adobe called XMP. The metadata describes the Photo Sphere's dimensions and how it should be rendered within the interactive Photo Sphere viewer you see in Android, Google+, and Google Maps," informs Google.

The new v2 of Google Play services also added the ability for Android app developers to check to see if an image is a Photo Sphere and then open it up in the Photo Sphere viewer.

To get started follow the getting started instructions to obtain an API Key. Then download and configure the Google Play services SDK using the SDK Manager.

Check the Google Maps for Android API v2 documentation for more details.

Watch the video below to hear from the developers about their apps and migration to the new version 2.0 of the API:

Google Maps Coordinate today introduces an online store where businesses can enroll in a 30 day trial or contact sales for more information.

"Maps Coordinate combines the power of Google's mapping technologies with modern smartphones to help organizations improve communication with employees in the field. Employees can download the mobile app on their phone to share real-time location data and any information they need to record about a particular job. Meanwhile, dispatchers in a central office can use the web app to see the locations of the employees in the field, create new jobs at specific locations, and assign new jobs to nearby individuals or teams."

Visit the online store to start using Maps Coordinate today.

Lastly, Google Crisis Response team has updated emergency information on the crisis map, now providing information of the Typhoon Pablo.

The map is available in English, as well as Filipino here.