Allow your users explore the world with rich maps provided by
Google. Identify locations with custom markers, augment the map data
with image overlays, embed one or more maps as fragments,
and much more.
With version 2 of the Google Maps Android API, you can embed maps into an activity
as a fragment with a simple XML snippet. The new Maps offer exciting features such as 3D maps;
indoor, satellite, terrain, and hybrid maps;
vector-based tiles for efficient caching and drawing; animated transitions; and much more.
a map object.
Customize the map
Add markers onto the map to indicate special points of interest for your users.
You can define custom colors or icons for your map markers to
match your app's look and feel. To further enhance the app, draw polylines
and polygons to indicate paths or regions, or provide complete image overlays.
Control the user's view
Give your users a different view of the world with the ability to control the rotation, tilt,
zoom, and pan properties of the "camera" perspective of the map.
1. Get the Google Play services SDK
The Google Maps Android APIs are part of the Google Play services platform.
Once you've installed the Google Play services package, the Google Maps sample is located in
<android-sdk>/extras/google-play-services/samples/maps and shows you
how to use the major components of the Google Maps Android APIs.