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Mastering Android Application Development

By : Antonio Pachon
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Mastering Android Application Development

By: Antonio Pachon

Overview of this book

There are millions of Android apps out there for people to download – how do you make sure yours has the edge? It’s not always about innovation and ideas – the most successful apps are those that are able to satisfy customer demands – they’re the ones that look the best, the fastest, and the easiest and most intuitive to use. This book shows you how to create Android applications that do precisely that – it has been designed help you consider and answer those questions throughout the development process, so you can create applications that stand out against the crowd. Learn how to create exemplary UIs that contribute to a satisfying user experience through the lens of Material Design, and explore how to harness the range of features within the Android SDK to help you. Dive deeper into complex programming concepts and discover how to leverage concurrency and navigate memory management and image handling. You’ll also find further guidance on testing and debugging so you can guarantee that your application is reliable and robust for users. Beyond this you’ll find out how to extend your app and add greater functionality, including notifications, location services, adverts and app billing (essential if you want to properly monetize your creation!). To make sure you have confidence at every stage in the process, the book also shows you how to release your app to the Play store – to make sure your maximising your efforts to create a popular Android application!
Table of Contents (19 chapters)
Mastering Android Application Development
About the Author
About the Reviewers

Chapter 10. Location Services

In this chapter, we will learn how to add a map view to our application using Google's Map Fragment. We will add markers onto the map, which will be used to point out locations of interest.

In order to do this, we will also discuss how to create a project in Google Developer Console and set up our application to use the Google Play Services SDK, which is required in order to use Google services in any Android application.

Every job offer has a location field in Parse; based on this, we will display markers on the map.

  • Configuring the project

    • Getting the Google Maps API key

    • Configuring AndroidManifest.xml

  • Adding the map

    • Creating the fragment for ViewPager

    • Implementing Map Fragment

  • Adding a marker

    • Retrieving data from Parse

    • Displaying a marker for each location

  • Adding a title