|Google Adds Maps Platform To Dev Library|
|Written by Kay Ewbank|
|Friday, 17 March 2023|
Google has added Google Maps Platform to its Dev Library. The Google Maps Platform is a set of APIs and SDKs that can be used to embed Google Maps into mobile apps and web pages, or to retrieve data from Google Maps.
Google Dev Library is a curated archive of projects and articles built using Google technologies. The main product areas covered by the library are Machine Learning, Flutter, Firebase, Angular, Google Assistant, Cloud, and Android. Maps have now been added and join the existing categories.
Google Maps Platform includes various Web and Webservice APIs for embedding maps, places, street views, roads, directions, distance matrix, elevation, geocoding, and geolocation. It is charged for on a pay-as-you-go pricing model. Some Google Maps Platform SKUs have a monthly credit for map use, there's a free tier of 28,500 maploads per month for no charge, and Google offers a Cloud $0 trial.
The way the Dev Library works is that developers submit articles or projects that are then examined by a team from Google to check for accuracy and relevancy.
Google says contributors to the library gain visibility for their projects, including dedicated author pages for each person, allowing them to collate their projects in one place.
As with the other categories, the Dev Library has a curated collection of Google Maps Platform blogs, open source projects, and tutorials contributed by developers. At the time of writing, the category has a blog post showing how to integrate a customized Google Map in Flutter; and another blog post showing how to customize the Google Map marker icon In Flutter. There's also a demo showing how to call Google Maps Platform APIs from Google Cloud Functions, and a Flutter app using Google Maps SDK and Directions API.
Google Maps Platform content is available now on Google Dev Library.
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