In this post, we will see how Google API v2 differs from Google API v1 in different operations.

1. Setting Zoom Controls

API v1
For setting the zoom level & zoom control we used

mapView.setBuiltInZoomControls(true); 
mapController = mapView.getController(); 
mapController.setZoom(16);

API v2
For zooming control, you need to use the following attribute.

CameraUpdateFactory.zoomTo(float) gives you a camera update that changes the zoom level to the given value.

So, first, you need to implement an interface i.e OnCameraChangeListener to your FragmentActivity and just override the method:

public void onCameraChange(CameraPosition arg0)

Then use the following code in your activity for zooming control and setting zoom level.

googleMap.setOnCameraChangeListener(new OnCameraChangeListener() { 

      public void onCameraChange(CameraPosition arg0) {                   googleMap.animateCamera(CameraUpdateFactory.zoomTo(8));                   googleMap.setOnCameraChangeListener(YourMapActivity.this);       } });

Why onCameraChangeListener()?

If you want to keep track of the camera position, you can use an OnCameraChangeListener which is set on the map by calling GoogleMap.setOnCameraChangeListener(OnCameraChangeListener). The listener will be notified when the camera changes with the onCameraChange(CameraPosition) callback. You can then obtain the target (latitude/longitude), zoom, bearing, and tilt of the camera.

2. Adding Marker at a certain point

If you want to keep track of the camera position, you can use an OnCameraChangeListener which is set on the map by calling GoogleMap.setOnCameraChangeListener(OnCameraChangeListener). The listener will be notified when the camera changes with the onCameraChange(CameraPosition) callback. You can then obtain the target (latitude/longitude), zoom, bearing, and tilt of the camera.

API v1

In API v1, we used to do such tedious work like:

mapOverlays = mapView.getOverlays(); 
//Drawable image as marker 
Drawable drawable = this.getResources().getDrawable(R.drawable.androidmarker); 
HelloItemizedOverlay itemizedoverlay = new HelloItemizedOverlay(drawable, this); 

The constructor for HelloItemizedOverlay (your custom ItemizedOverlay) takes the Drawable in order to set the default marker for all overlay items.

Then we used to create a GeoPoint that defines the map coordinates for the first overlay item, and pass it to a new OverlayItem

GeoPoint point = new GeoPoint(19240000,-99120000);
OverlayItem overlayitem = new OverlayItem(point, “Hi, Vikas!”, “I’m in India!”);

The OverlayItem constructor accepts the GeoPoint location, a string for the item’s title, and a string for the item’s snippet text, respectively.

Then we used to add this OverlayItem to your collection in the HelloItemizedOverlay instance, then add the HelloItemizedOverlay to the MapView:

itemizedoverlay.addOverlay(overlayitem);
mapOverlays.add(itemizedoverlay);

API v2

Add default marker to a certain position

static final LatLng Pune = new LatLng(18.500486, 73.866899); 
Marker pune = mMap.addMarker(new MarkerOptions() 
.position(Pune) 
.title(“Pune”) 
.snippet(“Population: 54,137,400”) 
.icon(BitmapDescriptorFactory.defaultMarker(BitmapDescriptorFactory.HUE_AZURE)));

It’s possible to customize the color of the default marker image by passing a BitmapDescriptor object to the icon() method. You can use a set of predefined colors in the BitmapDescriptorFactory object, or set a custom marker color with the BitmapDescriptorFactory.defaultMarker(float hue) method. The hue is a value between 0 and 360, representing points on a color wheel.

If you’d like to change more than just the color of the marker, you can set a custom marker image, often called an icon. Custom icons are always set as a BitmapDescriptor, and defined using one of four methods in the BitmapDescriptorFactory class.

1) fromAsset(String assetName)
2) fromBitmap (Bitmap image)
3) fromFile (String path)
4) fromResource (int resourceId)

For Example - The below code creates a marker with a custom icon.

private static final LatLng Pune = new LatLng(18.500486, 73.866899); 
private Marker pune = mMap.addMarker(new MarkerOptions() 
.position(Pune) 
.title(“Pune”) 
.snippet(“Population: 54,137,400”) 
.icon(BitmapDescriptorFactory.fromResource(R.drawable.arrow)));

3. Display my location Button on Google Maps Android API v2

To display my location on Google Maps Android API v2, call setMyLocationEnabled(true) method of the GoogleMap.

googleMap.setMyLocationEnabled(true);

4. Set map type of GoogleMap

To set the type of map tiles, call setMapType(int type) method of the GoogleMap.

Where type can be:
1) MAP_TYPE_NONE – No base map tiles.
2) MAP_TYPE_NORMAL – Basic maps
3) MAP_TYPE_SATELLITE – Satellite maps with no labels.
4) MAP_TYPE_HYBRID – Satellite maps with a transparent layer of major streets.
5) MAP_TYPE_TERRAIN – Terrain maps.

FragmentManager myFragmentManager = getSupportFragmentManager(); 
SupportMapFragment mySupportMapFragment= (SupportMapFragment)myFragmentManager.findFragmentById(R.id.map); 
googleMap = mySupportMapFragment.getMap(); 
googleMap.setMyLocationEnabled(true); //googleMap.setMapType(GoogleMap.MAP_TYPE_HYBRID); 
//googleMap.setMapType(GoogleMap.MAP_TYPE_NORMAL); 
//googleMap.setMapType(GoogleMap.MAP_TYPE_TERRAIN); 
googleMap.setMapType(GoogleMap.MAP_TYPE_SATELLITE);

5. Animate to a certain position in Google Maps Android API v2

If you want animate to a certain location/point. You can use the following code snippet.

API v1

GeoPoint point = new GeoPoint((int)(18.500486*1E6),(int)(73.866899*1E6));
final MapController mc=mapView.getController();
mc.animateTo(point);
mc.setZoom(12);

API v2

final LatLng pos = new LatLng(18.500486, 73.866899);
googleMap.setOnCameraChangeListener(new OnCameraChangeListener() {
     public void onCameraChange(CameraPosition arg0) {
          googleMap.animateCamera(CameraUpdateFactory.newLatLngZoom(pos, 13));
     }
});

Using the above code you can animate to the given point with zoom level 13. If you want to keep track of the camera position, you can use an OnCameraChangeListener.

6. Adding Multiple points to Google maps

API v1

Suppose 5 pins added to a map. To keep all pins in view. we used define bounds to show multiple points in a single view. i.e.

int minLat = 81 * MapStoresController.MAP_SCALE; 
int maxLat = -81 * MapStoresController.MAP_SCALE; 
int minLon = 181 * MapStoresController.MAP_SCALE; 
int maxLon = -181 * MapStoresController.MAP_SCALE;

for (int i = 0; i < overlayItems.size(); i++) {    Store s = overlayItems.getItem(i).getStore();    minLat = (int) ((minLat > (s.getLocation().getLatitude() * MapStoresController.MAP_SCALE)) ? s.getLocation().getLatitude() * MapStoresController.MAP_SCALE : minLat);    maxLat = (int) ((maxLat < (s.getLocation().getLatitude() * MapStoresController.MAP_SCALE)) ? s.getLocation().getLatitude() * MapStoresController.MAP_SCALE : maxLat);    minLon = (int) ((minLon > (s.getLocation().getLongitude() * MapStoresController.MAP_SCALE)) ? s.getLocation().getLongitude() * MapStoresController.MAP_SCALE : minLon);    maxLon = (int) ((maxLon < (s.getLocation().getLongitude() * MapStoresController.MAP_SCALE)) ? .getLocation().getLongitude() * MapStoresController.MAP_SCALE : maxLon); }

GeoPoint gp = controller.getUserLocation(); minLat = (minLat > gp.getLatitudeE6()) ? gp.getLatitudeE6() : minLat; maxLat = (maxLat < gp.getLatitudeE6()) ? gp.getLatitudeE6() : maxLat; minLon = (minLon > gp.getLongitudeE6()) ? gp.getLongitudeE6() : minLon; maxLon = (maxLon < gp.getLongitudeE6()) ? gp.getLongitudeE6() : maxLon; mapView.getController().zoomToSpan((maxLat – minLat), (maxLon – minLon)); mapView.getController().animateTo(new GeoPoint((maxLat + minLat) / 2, (maxLon + minLon) / 2));

API v2

Whereas in API v2 we do not need to do such a tedious job. Here you need to include your latitude and longitude in LatLngBounds.Builder.

final LatLngBounds.Builder builder = new LatLngBounds.Builder(); 
//Number of latitude and longitude in for loop 
for(;;){ 
final LatLng pos = new LatLng(lat,lng); 
builder.include(pos); 
googleMap.addMarker(new MarkerOptions() 
.position(pos) 
.title(“title”) 
.icon(BitmapDescriptorFactory.defaultMarker(BitmapDescriptorFactory.HUE_RED))); 
}

Then animate camera with latitude, longitude, and zoom level. It will show all markers in a single view.

googleMap.setOnCameraChangeListener(new OnCameraChangeListener() { 
    public void onCameraChange(CameraPosition arg0) { 
        googleMap.animateCamera(CameraUpdateFactory.newLatLngBounds(builder.build(), 50); 
        googleMap.setOnCameraChangeListener(null); 
    } 
});


7. Info Window in Google Map API V2

An info window allows you to display information to the user when they tap on a marker on a map.

Default Info Window
For creating the default info window, you just need to add a marker and set title or snippet.

static final LatLng Pune = new LatLng(18.500486, 73.866899); 
Marker pune = mMap.addMarker(new MarkerOptions() 
.position(Pune) 
.title(“Pune”) 
.snippet(“Population: 54,137,400”) 
.icon(BitmapDescriptorFactory.defaultMarker(BitmapDescriptorFactory.HUE_AZURE)));

Custom Info Window using InfoWindowAdapter

To do this, you must create a concrete implementation of the InfoWindowAdapter interface and then call GoogleMap.setInfoWindowAdapter() with your implementation.

The interface contains two methods for you to implement: getInfoWindow(Marker) and getInfoContents(Marker).
So below is the xml defined in /res/layout/custom_info_contents.xml

<?xml version=”1.0″ encoding=”utf-8″?>
	<LinearLayout xmlns:android=”http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android”
	android:layout_width=”wrap_content”
	android:layout_height=”wrap_content”
	android:orientation=”horizontal”>
	
<LinearLayout
android:layout_width=”wrap_content”
android:layout_height=”wrap_content”
android:orientation=”vertical”>
<ImageView
android:layout_width=”wrap_content”
android:layout_height=”wrap_content”
android:layout_marginRight=”5dp”
android:adjustViewBounds=”true”
android:src=”@drawable/ic_launcher”/>
<TextView
android:id=”@+id/title”
android:layout_width=”wrap_content”
android:layout_height=”wrap_content”
android:textSize=”12dp”
android:textStyle=”bold”/>
<TextView
android:id=”@+id/snippet”
android:layout_width=”wrap_content”
android:layout_height=”wrap_content”
android:textSize=”10dp”/>
</LinearLayout> 
</LinearLayout>

Then in your Activity:

googleMap.setInfoWindowAdapter(new InfoWindowAdapter() { 
   @Override
   public View getInfoWindow(Marker arg0) { 
      return null; 
   } 
   @Override
   public View getInfoContents(Marker marker) { 
       View myContentsView = getLayoutInflater().inflate(R.layout.custom_info_contents, null);
       TextView tvTitle = ((TextView)myContentsView.findViewById(R.id.title));
       tvTitle.setText(marker.getTitle());
       TextView tvSnippet = ((TextView)myContentsView.findViewById(R.id.snippet));
       tvSnippet.setText(marker.getSnippet()); 
      return myContentsView; 
   } 
});

 

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