Integrating Google Map


Integrating google maps in your application basically consists of these 4 steps.

  • 1. Download and configure. Google Play Services SDK
  • 2. Create a Hello World Project
  • 3. Obtain API key from google console
  • 4. Specify Android Manifest settings
  • 5. Change your codes for MAP

Step 1

Download and configure Google Play Services SDK

Install Google services SDK

Open your SDK manager in the eclipse by clicking the Window and then selecting the Android SDK manager.

Navigate to the extras tab and select the Google play services and click on install this package. It would be like this.

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Import SDK to eclipse

After you download the SDK , click on file tab and select import option. Select existing android application code and press ok. Browse to your android folder and then sdk folder. In sdk folder expand extras folder. Expand google folder and select google play services.

Step 2

Create a hello world project.

Configure your project with SDK

After you import the SDK , you have to add it into your project. For this , right click on your eclipse project and select properties. Select android from left tab and then select add from right below panel and add the project. It would be like this

Integrating Google Map

Step 3

Obtaining the API key

This part is furthur divided into two steps. First you have to get an SHA1 fingerprint key from your pc and then you have to get map API key from google console.

Getting SHA 1 fingerprint key from Eclipse

In eclipse window click on “window” menu then go to “preferences” now click on “android” and finally click on “build” now you can see your project SHA1 fingureprint.

Getting key from Google Console

Open Google Console and sign in by clicking a new project. Click on services from the left tab and then navigate to the Google Maps Android API v2. You have to turn them on like this.

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Now again go to the left tab and select API access. And click on create new android key. Now paste the key that you copied and put a semicolon and paste your project name and click create. It would be like this.

Integrating Google Map

Now copy the API key that has been given to your by android , because you have to paste it into your manifest file.

Step 4

Specify Android Manifest settings

The final step is to add the API key to your application. Open your manifest file and place this code right before closing the application tag.

<meta-data android:name="" android:value="API_KEY"/>

In the second line replace API_KEY with your api key and you are done. You need to add some permissions in your manifest too which are given below in the manifest file.

Step 5

1. Change Manifest

Change the AndroidManifest.xml file to the following code. Add the following permissions to your application.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?> <manifest xmlns:android="" package="" android:versionCode="1" android:versionName="1.0" > <uses-sdk android:minSdkVersion="17" android:targetSdkVersion="17" /> <permission android:name="" android:protectionLevel="signature" /> <uses-feature android:glEsVersion="0x00020000" android:required="true" /> <uses-permission android:name="" /> <uses-permission android:name="android.permission.INTERNET" /> <uses-permission android:name="" /> <uses-permission android:name="android.permission.ACCESS_COARSE_LOCATION" />
 <uses-permission android:name="android.permission.ACCESS_FINE_LOCATION" /> <application android:allowBackup="true" android:icon="@drawable/ic_launcher" android:label="@string/app_name" android:theme="@style/AppTheme" > <activity android:name="" android:label="@string/app_name" > <intent-filter> <action android:name="android.intent.action.MAIN" /> <category android:name="android.intent.category.LAUNCHER" /> </intent-filter> </activity> <meta-data android:name="" android:value="your_apikey" /> </application> </manifest>

2. Adjust layout file

In this example we use the MapFragment. Change your layout file to the following code

<RelativeLayout xmlns:android="" xmlns:tools=""
 android:layout_width="match_parent" android:layout_height="match_parent" tools:context=".MainActivity" > <fragment android:id="@+id/map" android:layout_width="match_parent" android:layout_height="match_parent" class="" /> </RelativeLayout>

3. Cahnge MainActivity

package; import; import android.os.Bundle; import android.view.Menu; import; import; import; import; import; import; import; public class MainActivity extends Activity {
 static final LatLng HAMBURG = new LatLng(53.558, 9.927); static final LatLng KIEL = new LatLng(53.551, 9.993); private GoogleMap map; @Override protected void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) { super.onCreate(savedInstanceState); setContentView(R.layout.activity_main); map = ((MapFragment) getFragmentManager().findFragmentById( .getMap(); Marker hamburg = map.addMarker(new MarkerOptions().position(HAMBURG) .title("Hamburg")); Marker kiel = map.addMarker(new MarkerOptions() .position(KIEL) .title("Kiel") .snippet("Kiel is cool") .icon(BitmapDescriptorFactory .fromResource(R.drawable.ic_launcher))); // Move the camera instantly to hamburg with a zoom of 15. map.moveCamera(CameraUpdateFactory.newLatLngZoom(HAMBURG, 15)); // Zoom in, animating the camera. map.animateCamera(CameraUpdateFactory.zoomTo(10), 2000, null); } @Override
 public boolean onCreateOptionsMenu(Menu menu) { getMenuInflater().inflate(, menu); return true; } }

Integrating Google Map

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  1. hema says:

    good article

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