Google map does not display (Chapter 8)
26 Jun 2012, 21:18
Albert Vigil (1 post)
The Google map does not display when launching from Eclypse. I finally found the reason on the Internet (http://stackoverflow.com/questions/7296467/goog…
I had the same problem and I figured there wasn’t any helpful answer around on the internet so hoping this should help everyone in the future.
When using GoogleMaps for Android, you need two keys – debug and release.
The “debug” key is kind of a misleading term. This key is also to be used when you develop the app in Eclipse. So essentially, use the debug key for development, testing, debugging.
When you’re ready to launch the app to Market, set the android:debuggable=”false” in the AndroidManifest.xml and use the Signed API key.
When using the signed API key, the MapView will show up ONLY when the app is installed from the Android Market. So, installing the app from Eclipse (Run As, Debug As, etc) or command line (adb install) won’t show the MapView. Rest assured, once the app is in the Market – you download it and the MapView will show up.
With the signed API key, if you deploy the app from Eclise, you will get a “Server returned 3, IOProcessing Exception 26” as a warning – just ignore it.
Note: Also ensure there are no duplicate instances of the same MapView. If your app needs “x” no. of MapViews, generate “x” no. of new signed keys (one for each MapView) since GoogleMaps has a query limit for a single MapView instance.
For getting both the keys, follow the steps for Obtaining API keys for GoogleMaps on Android.
24 Jul 2012, 01:44
Ed Burnette (1316 posts)
Thanks for the tip, you’re absolutely right. According to the web site where you sign up for an API key,
If you use different keys for signing development builds and release builds, you will need to obtain a separate Maps API key for each certificate. Each key will only work in applications signed by the corresponding certificate.
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