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Building Mobile Apps with Google Maps Android API v2
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Building Mobile Apps with Google Maps Android API v2

with David Gassner

Video: Welcome

My name is David Gassner, and this is Building Mobile Apps with Google Maps Android API v2. After setting up the required tools and getting the required API key for an app, I'll dive into the API, showing you how to display maps with the MapView and MapFragment classes. I'll demonstrate code that switches between map types, sets a map to a particular location, and displays markers and info windows. Then, I'll describe how to draw shapes on a map, including lines, polygons, and circles.
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  1. 9m 52s
    1. Welcome
      52s
    2. What you should know before watching this course
      3m 50s
    3. Using the exercise files
      5m 10s
  2. 18m 55s
    1. Understanding the Maps API terms of service
      3m 51s
    2. Setting up the developer tools
      3m 33s
    3. Connecting and testing an Android device
      5m 45s
    4. Using the SDK documentation
      2m 22s
    5. Demonstrating the finished apps
      3m 24s
  3. 33m 49s
    1. Adding required permissions to a project
      6m 53s
    2. Getting a Google Maps API key
      8m 9s
    3. Importing and linking the Google Play services library
      3m 46s
    4. Checking the device for the Google Play services APK
      9m 4s
    5. Displaying your first map
      5m 57s
  4. 51m 13s
    1. Displaying a map with MapView
      6m 36s
    2. Getting a reference to the map object
      5m 35s
    3. Setting a map's initial state in the layout
      6m 26s
    4. Setting a map's initial state programmatically
      6m 42s
    5. Geocoding an address to get its coordinates
      8m 10s
    6. Changing between different types of map objects
      4m 23s
    7. Maintaining map state between activity restarts
      13m 21s
  5. 21m 3s
    1. Enabling the My Location button
      6m 26s
    2. Getting the current location programatically
      8m 16s
    3. Listening for current location updates
      6m 21s
  6. 38m 47s
    1. Adding map markers
      4m 52s
    2. Removing map markers
      4m 5s
    3. Customizing marker icon graphics
      4m 55s
    4. Displaying default info windows
      1m 53s
    5. Customizing marker info windows
      8m 49s
    6. Handling marker events
      7m 59s
    7. Dragging and dropping markers
      6m 14s
  7. 24m 54s
    1. Drawing lines
      8m 48s
    2. Drawing polygons
      8m 3s
    3. Drawing circles
      8m 3s
  8. 31m 21s
    1. Reviewing the tour finder application
      4m 19s
    2. Adding a map fragment to an activity
      11m 54s
    3. Passing the current location to another mapping app
      7m 31s
    4. Displaying Google Play services license terms
      5m 2s
    5. Preparing the app for distribution
      2m 35s
  9. 28s
    1. Next steps
      28s

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Building Mobile Apps with Google Maps Android API v2
3h 50m Intermediate Aug 07, 2013

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Maps make mobile apps more useful; they can help users find businesses and areas of interest, get directions, or gain insights into new communities. In this course, learn to add interactive maps to your Android apps with Google Maps Android API v2. David Gassner first shows you how to set up the tools, get an API key, and import and link to Google Play services. After an introduction to presenting simple maps with the MapView and MapFragment classes, the course describes how to set a map's initial state, switch between different map types, work with map markers, draw shapes, and work with zoom controls, the My Location button, and various user gestures. Finally, learn to add a map to an existing app and prepare it for distribution.

Note: An Android device with Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) or higher, and that has Google Play Store installed, is required to use the course exercises. (Kindle Fire and Nook devices do not qualify.) Finished mapping apps can be deployed on Android 2.2 (Froyo) or later.

Topics include:
  • Setting up the developer tools
  • Adding required permissions
  • Getting a Google Maps API key
  • Importing and linking the Google Play services
  • Setting a map's initial state
  • Geocoding an address
  • Getting the current location programmatically
  • Adding map markers
  • Handling marker events
  • Drawing lines, polygons, and circles
  • Adding maps to existing apps
Subjects:
Developer Mobile Apps
Software:
Android
Author:
David Gassner

Welcome

My name is David Gassner, and this is Building Mobile Apps with Google Maps Android API v2. After setting up the required tools and getting the required API key for an app, I'll dive into the API, showing you how to display maps with the MapView and MapFragment classes. I'll demonstrate code that switches between map types, sets a map to a particular location, and displays markers and info windows. Then, I'll describe how to draw shapes on a map, including lines, polygons, and circles.

And in the final chapter, I'll show you how to add a map to an existing app that you'll be able to install from the Google Play store. I hope that this course helps you get started adding interactive maps to your own Android apps.

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about Building Mobile Apps with Google Maps Android API v2.


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Q: In the Chapter 2 movie "Checking the device for the Google Play services APK," when I create my first Google Maps app, the app crashes when I call the custom method servicesOK(). The error in LogCat starts with:
 
"java.lang.IllegalStateException: The meta-data tag in your app's AndroidManifest.xml does not have the right value."
 
How do I fix this? 
A: The latest version of the Google Play services library has a new required meta-data tag in the app manifest. Add the following tag within the <application> tag:
 
<meta-data
     android:name="com.google.android.gms.version"
     android:value="@integer/google_play_services_version" /> 
 
After rebuilding the app, the error should be resolved. 
 
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