Bing Maps SDK for Android from InKnowledge has launched. This new open source SDK gives Android developers a choice in terms of map controls and provides greater flexibility as a result of having direct access to the code base.
Also extended an Android WebView object, so that the map is embedded along with several Java-based method calls for controlling the map. Touch controls have been added to support pinch-to-zoom and double-tap-to-zoom. The new SDK's zooming feature provides a deep zoom-like effect, which enhances the user experience as existing map tiles are scaled up until the requested tile is loaded.
In addition, all libraries are inside a base Android application that can be used either as a template or as a reference to create your own Bing Maps Android application. You'll also find support for GeoRSS feeds.
This SDK is still in its early stages; additional features on the roadmap include:
- Documentation of code, and articles on how to use the SDK to create an application
- Sample UI for Location Details view
- Support for localization
- UI controls for rotating Bird's eye view
Initial tests have found that the SDK provides much faster pan/zoom and loading speeds.
To see for yourself, download the SDK and run the sample. Or, watch the video embedded below to see the SDK in action:
You can find the SDK at: CodePlex.