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Android Google Maps v2 Tutorial The great power of mobile applications software, is that it gives us the opportunity to develop many ideas that use hardware features, in order to complete simple everyday tasks. One idea that is implemented in a very good way in the mobile applications world, is the use of maps and the location based applications, that help us in multiple ways in our every day life. So, the use of maps is very important in various mobile applications. Google provides via Google Play Services a library for using maps. This library is the second attempt of Google Maps and this version provides significant improvements to the older API version. So, in this example, we are going to work with Google Maps v2 and see how we will import a fully working map Fragment in an Activity, as well as, we are going to work with basic Markers and CameraPosition on Google Map. For our example will use the following tools in a Windows 64-bit or an OS X platform: • JDK 1.7 • Eclipse 4.2 Juno • Android SDK 4.4.2 Let’s take a closer look:
Create a Google Maps API key
To begin with, we should create a new Google Maps API key and subscribe our application in order to grant access for our application to succesfully use Google Maps v2. In order to use this API, we will have to enter the Google API console portal. If you do not have an account, just create one or login with your current Google account.