Google Releases Google Maps SDK For App Developers

Hot on the heels of releasing the highly anticipated Google Maps for iPhone, Google has released Google Maps SDK for iOS.

With the SDK, developers will be able to integrate the service in their apps for iPhone, iPod touch and also the iPad. Interestingly, developers can integrate the service in iPad apps even though Google Maps is not yet available for the iPad.

Andrew Foster, Senior Product Manager announced the availability of Google Maps SDK for iOS on the Google Geo Developers blog:

The SDK features vector-based maps that load quickly, allowing users to easily navigate 2D and 3D views, rotating and tilting the map with simple gestures inside your app. Developers can also change the Google maps view to include information such as traffic conditions, and control camera positions in 3D. Access to API keys is being progressively rolled out to developers who register interest.

The SDK also allows users to launch the Google Maps app as default from their app instead of Apple’s native Maps app using a URL scheme to complete a search, show a map or Street View imagery, or to see and navigate walking, driving and transit directions easily.

So expect Google Maps to be integrated in iOS apps towards the end of the month or early next year.

[Google Geo Developers blog via TechCrunch]