Google released the new Static Maps API v2 that includes following features: -Paths can be specified as encoded polylines. -Paths can be filled and rendered as polygons. -Locations (in center, markers, or path parameters) can now be specified as addresses instead of latitude/longitude coordinates. -Colors can now be specified as any 24-bit or 32-bit color. If you’re a developer that wants to take advantage of the new features, read through developer guide, or try the new Static Maps v2 Wizard.