The Navigation SDK for Android adds navigation features to the Maps SDK for Android. If your Google Maps-powered Android application needs navigation features, it must depend on the Navigation SDK for Android.

That said, most functions in the Maps SDK for Android behave the same in the Navigation SDK for Android. You access them using the same com.google.android.gms.maps package, no matter which SDK dependency you use. This means that, if your app previously depended on the Maps SDK for Android, you can change its dependency to the Navigation SDK for Android without affecting the existing functionality of your app, with two notable exceptions:

  • APIs that throw an exception.
  • APIs that don't function in the NavSDK and have no impact when called.

These exceptions are described below.

APIs that throw an exception

The following function throws an exception if your application enables it:

APIs with no functionality in Navigation SDK

The following APIs have no functionality in the Navigation SDK, but also have no impact if your code calls them. They fall into the following categories:

  • APIs for wearable activity.
    • Enable TBT feed instead if you want this functionality in the Navigation SDK for Android.
  • Other APIs.

APIs for wearables

GoogleMapOptions.ambientEnabled(boolean enabled) would normally allow you to disable or enable ambient mode for wearable apps. Additionally, onEnterAmbient and onExitAmbient methods exist in MapView and MapFragment, but have no impact when called. For wearables, use the TBT feed instead.

Other APIs