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Google Updates Maps API, Allows App Developers to Completely Utilize Software

Today, Google released an updated Google Maps API, allowing developers to take advantage of the insanely advanced Maps software that Google has slaved over for years. With new access to vector-based imagery, gesture features such as tilt/zoom, and Map layers (traffic, terrain, satellite), apps that use Google Maps just got a whole lot more exciting to use.

I myself don’t develop, but Google sure does like to make it look easy.

Via: Google Lat

  • Raven

    I just installed Trulia as well. Looked like a cool app. Good free advertisement for them.

  • Stevedub40

    It’s funny that on some other sites I’ve visited the apple iDiots are saying “oh, you have vector maps like apple now”, when in reality Google has had vector maps for a while. What they fail to notice is that Google is opening this up to their Devs to play with. I’m betting these are the same people that think the noise cancelling mic is a revolutionary feature as well…

    • Stevedub40

      Oh, and yes jarredsutherland, or whatever, I did use the term “iDiots”

  • Jeff Tycz

    As a developer I can say this has been a needed update and I am glad they put in map fragments finally

    • michael arazan

      My “rainy days” storm tracking app has always used google maps with its weather radar to track live storms all over the globe using the Google maps since early 2010

      • Jeff Tycz

        yeah and?……

  • carlisimo

    Are they now allowing developers to use turn-by-turn nav?

    • Jeff Tycz

      no but there was always a way you could access it with an intent, it just was not documented

  • Bob O’Daniel

    I develop, and this is awesome. I can’t wait to get home to grab the update and try it out. ^_^

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    • KleenDroid

      I guess there are several who do not think this is amazing… 🙂