[SoC] GSoC'13 OpenTripPlanner-for-Android Weekly Report #6

Pavel Melnikov positron96 at gmail.com
Mon Jul 29 06:06:07 PDT 2013

Thanks for your reply Vreixo!

Do Google maps work without API key? I do not plan to use Google tiles and
google services at all, but I suspect I'll need to obtain a key and sign
some ToS anyway.
Also, there is a Mapquest maps api (
any idea if it's useful?

Best wishes,

On Mon, Jul 29, 2013 at 7:59 PM, Vreixo González <vreixo at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hello Pavel,
> I have chose this API because is much newer and offers much more
> functionality. OSMdroid API is what was used until now in the app and is a
> replacement of Google's API V1 with almost the same features.
> One of the principal advantages for me is that with new API some
> operations are much easier and elegant. It has an automatic MyOverlay layer
> to display user's position, markers added and configured in one
> instruction, the same for route lines, better controls to move the camera,
> etc.
> This things could be done with OSMdroid API but required much more code.
> This API uses a fragment natively to display the map and takes care of all
> lifecycle steps regarding this (no need of save and restore map state
> onPause and onResume). The fragment is much more adecuate to work with it
> than the old activity and also is better for future integration with Action
> bars and other components.
> Also this maps are more nice to see, with the possibility to tilt, rotate
> the map and the MyLocation and compass integrated. Also the possibility to
> manage indoor mapping is interesting (in OTP there are some people working
> on this).
> For what I have read people was really waiting for the new API and has a
> lot of promissing features that I didn't have explored yet.
> The issues with the keys can provoke same time waste if you're not lucky
> but after being configured there are no more problems and they don't
> introduce any limitations and they produce usefull usage statistics.
> If you only want OSM tiles is very simple, just set map type to none and
> add a TileOverlay with an OSM provider. Regarding tiles, I will let the two
> options in OpenTripPlanner client.
> Kind regards,
> Vreixo
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