Feb 8, 2012

MapQuest Releases Native Mobile Mapping APIs for Android and Apple iOS

Today we’re excited to announce the production release of our Android Maps API and the beta release of our Apple iOS Maps API.  We think you’ll find these as a great alternative to the native Google mapping APIs.

Both APIs have been designed as “drop in” replacements for the native Google mapping APIs.  To switch simply include our API instead of the native API.  We used the same object model as the native API, while of course extending it to add great features such as integrated driving directions plus the ability to use OpenStreetMap data or our licensed datasets.

Just like all of our APIs, our native mobile APIs feature no preset limits on maps with our free Community Edition license.  See the Terms Overview for a fuller explanation of our license options and limitations.

Both the Android and Apple iOS Map APIs come with a full set of samples to show off many of the great features available, which include:

Android Maps API

  • Advanced routing options and ability to display the route directly on the map
  • Built-in geocoding and reverse geocoding
  • Smooth animation when zooming/panning
  • Ability to rotate the map
  • Support of shape and image overlays
  • Developer’s Guide

Apple iOS Maps API Beta

  • Advanced routing options and ability to display the route directly on the map
  • Reverse geocoding
  • Smooth animation when zooming/panning
  • Support of shape and image overlays

For those interested in using OpenStreetMap data, simply don’t pass a key and the API will automatically default to using OpenStreetMap data and services.

So in summary, you can replace your native API with hardly any effort and get more features plus no preset limits on map transactions!  What are you waiting for?  Check out the documentation and samples at the following links:

Android Maps API

Apple iOS Maps API (Beta)

Please let us know what you think on our forums and please please tell us about any great apps you’ve built.  We’re excited to see what you come up with.

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2. iPhone is a trademark of Apple Inc.

About the Author

Roman Hardgrave
@MapQuestRoman I am the product manager for MapQuest Platform Services, including our APIs, web services and the Developer Network. I've worked at MapQuest for almost 10 years. I'm a full fledged geonerd who is excited to be working on the next generation of mapping APIs.

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