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Google’s New Places API Will Make Maps Much Better On Android

March 20, 2015 - Written By Nick Terry

Google’s new Places API will solve many issues with maps and map data on Android. Not only will it fix many issues such as getting a friend or family members location sent to you as latitude and longitude instead of an actual address, it will also add a few new maps capabilities. Android app developers, if your apps pertain to Google Maps or use them at all then you will definitely want to pay attention to this new Places API.

The Places API has been available as a web service for some time now but only just now has Google made it a native Android API. With this new Android API comes the following new features for developers like Place Picker, which allows developers to add a map preview of a certain location or business that users can then use to see what is nearby those locations or business. Next up we have an improved autocomplete function when searching for a certain address. This improved autocomplete function is smart and predictive, which greatly assists users in finding an exact address that they might not quite know. Last but not least we have something new that allows users to suggest new local places to be added to the Google Places database.

Google Play Services 7 has started rolling out to Android users and this is how the new Places API will make its way onto your devices. This will allow Android developers to begin using the Places API and incorporating it into their apps immediately. Even better for developers, the new Places API will support users all the way back to Android 2.3 Gingerbread, as long as those users are running the Google Play Services 7 which should not be a problem due to the fact that the app updates itself in the background. With this new Places API on Android, hopefully, we will see more businesses added to the Google Places database and also have more apps with relevant and more accurate map data. This is also like we mentioned earlier, the beginning of not having somebody share their location with you through an app and having it show up as latitude and longitude.