If you are searching to a coordinate (such as street, house number, location…) in Google Maps , you’ll see that there are more information about public places near by such as airport, cafe, restaurant, store… This information is really helpful, for example, if I want to move to a new apartment, I would like to check if the public transport is near by, any supermarket is available, playground for my children is not too far… with Google Maps you’ll get all information. Or another example, if I’m on highway and too tired because of driving, I can find any motel/hotel near by my current location so that I can drop in and take a rest. Therefore today I would like to make a small demo to show how we can show Google Places on our Android smartphone or integrate this feature to our apps.
Integrating Google Maps (or any map service) is always a nice feature for our applications, but it seems to be “complicated” for integrating Google Maps because Google Maps is not officially supported in emulator because lacking of Google Play Service. That forces us to use a real device during developing app. For me, not nice. So in this post, I would like to show step by step how I configure my emulator so that a Google Maps app can be installed on there. To make such an emulator, we have to use a set of correct settings/files. If not, it won’t work. So you have to set all settings like mine. My emulator targets on Android 4.2.2 – API Level 17.