Maps have been created for the convenience of the user, to help them find their way, and to find a certain point of interest. More often than not, people will use their mobile devices to open a map, whether it’s for navigation or for searching up places. With the great amount of mobile map usage, it’s important that the maps are mobile-optimized. This is something that Google as well keeps a focus on and recently, the tech-giant announced the release of two new updates: a new Maps SDK for Android and the extension of Cloud-based maps styling features to Android and iOS SDKs.
By updating your Maps SDKs for Android, you can deliver an enhanced map experience to your app users. The new v.18.0.0 update includes a new renderer which helps to reduce network load, on-device processing, as well as memory consumption. This means that the end-user will get to experience a more stable and smoother map, while Google has also made improvements with map labels and panning and zooming.
Cloud-based map styling allows for new customization features including zoom level customization, POI filtering and boosting, and landmarks, and these tools now become available on Maps SDK for Android and iOS.
This is pretty cool news for the tech side of Google Maps and if you’re interested in hearing more about this, or how MapsPeople as a Google Premier Partner can help you achieve even better results, feel free to reach out to us today.