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

Vreixo González vreixo at gmail.com
Mon Jul 29 06:48:29 PDT 2013

Thanks to you for sharing your ideas with me. Good luck with your

Best wishes,


2013/7/29 Pavel Melnikov <positron96 at gmail.com>

> Ok, thanks for the info on the problem! I'll start with osmdroid, and if
> it does not suit, will change to google maps v2.
> Best wishes,
>   Pavel
> On Mon, Jul 29, 2013 at 8:33 PM, Vreixo González <vreixo at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I don't think it works without a key and this are the ToS
>> https://developers.google.com/maps/terms. For me are not a big problem
>> as they let me maintain the application open source compliant.
>> MapQuest API seems very similar to OSMdroid one, for the code that I have
>> seen in your link, with the map activity, map view, map controllers the
>> implementation of MyLocation, etc. The only thing that I have seeing
>> different is the route manager, but maybe just the programmers in OTP
>> client took a different approach and something similar is also present in
>> OSMdroid.  All problems related to fragments and lifecycle will still be
>> there.
>> Kind regards,
>> Vreixo
>> 2013/7/29 Pavel Melnikov <positron96 at gmail.com>
>>> 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 (
>>> http://developer.mapquest.com/web/products/featured/android-maps-api/documentation),
>>> any idea if it's useful?
>>> Best wishes,
>>>    Pavel
>>> 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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