[android] Maps application
jim at anconafamily.com
Fri Dec 5 21:45:53 CET 2008
Cédric Berger wrote:
> Is the Android Maps application available somewhere ?
> I installed the Maps.apk I got from the Emulator.
> It also needs /system/framework/com.google.android.maps.jar (I also
> pulled it from Emulator)
> - are there legal issues to distribute them ?
IANAL, but the SDK license agreement says "Except to the extent required
by applicable third party licenses, you may not load any part of the SDK
onto a mobile handset or any other hardware device except a personal
computer, combine any part of the SDK with other software, or distribute
any software or device incorporating a part of the SDK." I would read
that as prohibiting even installing anything from the SDK on your own
phone, never mind distributing it.
Since, as you noted, the Maps API jar is not included in the open source
release, it's currently impossible to run any apps using the Maps API on
a device running the open source distribution. A number of people
(including me) have asked on the Android groups about Google's
intentions, but I haven't seen any answers.
Even if the API were available, Google's TOS are fairly restrictive (see
http://code.google.com/android/maps-api-signup.html). In particular,
you may not "use the Service or Content with any products, systems, or
applications for or in connection with (a) real time navigation or route
guidance based on position input from a sensor (including but not
limited to any visual or audible turn-byturn route guidance)". That
seems to prohibit even using the GPS to indicate the direction to your
To avoid all these issues, one alternative is OSMdroid, a
reimplementation of the Maps API using Open Street Maps data. It's at:
It's not an exact clone of the Google API, so you will probably have to
make some changes to your code to use it. It is GPL3 licensed and the
OSM data is under a Creative Commons license, so you don't have to worry
about Google's restrictions.
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