Google Maps API Available for All iOS Developers

In December, alongside the introduction of its Google Maps application for iOS, Google also discreetly rolled out a software development kit (SDK) for iOS developers. This toolkit provided developers with the capability to integrate Google Maps within their applications instead of the default Apple Maps, and also to define whether an address or directions should be opened in Apple Maps or Google Maps.

Initially, access to this SDK was restricted, requiring iOS developers to apply and await approval, which limited its adoption.

However, this situation has recently changed.

Google announced the release of version 1.1 of its Google Maps SDK for iOS. The updated version enhances functionality by adding support for ground overlays, gesture controls, and geodesic polylines.

Moreover, it simplifies the process for developers by making the Google Maps API readily accessible to anyone who retrieves their keys from the Google API Console.

With the launch of this updated SDK, there is an anticipated increase in the number of iOS applications incorporating Google Maps, enhancing user experience across numerous devices.


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