mz87 mz87 - 1 year ago 154
Android Question

Is it possible to create turn-by-turn GPS navigation app on Android using Google Maps?

Today I've talked to a client and he wants to build a simple navigation APP on Android!

Basically we could use Google maps, place some of "our" markers to show some locations (restaurants, hotels etc.) .. also we need to show user's friends near by!

Everything of that is possible in Google Maps API on Android, except I can not find any useful information about Turn-by-turn navigation implementation inside my own app (without switching to Google Maps App) ..

Can someone simply clarify - is it possible to use Google Maps inside an Android app to create turn-by-turn GPS based app?


Answer Source

Edit: Read answer by Tushar below before using this answer

If you want to implement the navigation completely in app you will have to use a combination of the Google Maps API and the Google Directions API. They are free to use up to a limit and then you have to pay for the api requests.(

I would just send the latitude and longitude of the location you want to navigate to to the devices Maps app. Here is some code to start you off with this method:

double lat = < latitude of the location you want to navigate to>

double lng = < longitude of the location you want to navigate to>     

String format = "geo:0,0?q=" + lat + "," + lng + "( Location title)";

Uri uri = Uri.parse(format); 

Intent intent = new Intent(Intent.ACTION_VIEW, uri);

This will open the device Maps app and plot the location and the user can use the app to do what ever they want.

I would go with the second option, it is stupidly easy to implement.

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