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Getting the Google Maps Android API v2

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Getting the Google Maps Android API v2

Google Maps API v2 use vector maps (less bandwidth, look better) and it also provides a Map Fragment which allows us to create better app navigation. Let’s see how to configure it:

1. Go to App Dashboard → Application Settings → Platform Specific Options → Google Maps API Key.

Copy the SHA-1 fingerprint: 9E:DF:7F:E1:2E:D2:A2:47:2F:B0:7D:F1:E3:98:D1:03:9B:9D:2F:5D


2. Create a project for your application at Google Developer Console.


3.  Add your Project Name.


4.  Select APIs & auth section from the left navigation bar and find APIs item. In the Google Maps APIs column select Google Maps Android API item.  


Enable API for Google Maps Android API v2.


5. Getting an API Key.


In the left navigation bar, click Credentials. Then click Add credentials  → API Key → Android key.


6.  Obtain the API Key for your app by adding our SHA1 fingerprint and package name.


**NOTE: For the NEW apps please use the same identifier (package name) that you’ll add in the App Submission process. Step 9.4 in the “How to publish your app on Google Play Store” tutorial. Please make sure to use lowercase letters ONLY in the Android App Identifier (package name).


7. Copy the key value and paste in the Application Settings → Platform Specific Options → Google Maps API Key