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Add Google Maps to your Android App

Google via Udacity


This course is deprecated. We recommend taking Advanced Android App Development instead.

In this course, you’ll learn everything from how to add maps to your Android app, to how to build a virtual hike down the Grand Canyon!

This course is part of the Google Play Services series, which features a variety of different Google APIs. Designed as standalone short courses, you can take any course on its own, or take them all!

  • Google Location Services on Android
  • Google Analytics for Android
  • App Monetization with Display Advertising
  • Add Google Maps to your Android App [this course]

Why Take This Course?

Maps! Everybody uses maps, and many people love them. Maps on mobile devices have changed the world over the last few years. They not only provide a local map in your pocket, but also a map of the entire world, down to street level, and even a 3D flyaround of many major cities.

If you want to be a professional Android developer and are planning to build or enhance apps that use Google's mapping functionality, this is the course for you.



Overview of Google Play services and an introduction to the goals and structure of this series.

Lesson 1 - Getting Started

Add maps to your app, understand the different map types, and learn how to use the Google Developers console to get an API key. Even create a map that flies around the world!

Lesson 2 - Going Deeper

Understand the Camera, and how it's used to project a map. Learn about zooming to different locations, and changing the camera tilt and direction. Learn about Markers, and how to place them on a map, as well as drawing shapes that are correctly geographically projected -- including lines, polylines and circles.

Lesson 3 - Advanced Topics: Street View

Learn about StreetView and how you can look at various locations around the globe as if you were there. Build a virtual hike down the Grand Canyon, and learn how to modify this to make it perfect for your app.

Capstone Project (2 Stages)

This project assumes that you have completed Developing Android Apps, Advanced Android App Development and Google Play Services: Location and Context, in addition to this course.

Design, then build, your own Android app.

Taught by

Laurence Moroney and Jocelyn Becker


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