Overview and requirements

This page explains the process for setting up the Navigation SDK for Android, and lists the build configuration requirements for Navigation SDK version 5.0.0 and later. The instructions assume you have Android Studio installed and are familiar with Android development.

Navigation SDK setup process

To set up and start using the Navigation SDK, you first need to configure your Google Cloud project and obtain an API key that has the Navigation SDK enabled. Then you can set up your Android Studio project by adding both the SDK and your API key.

Minimum requirements for using the Navigation SDK

These requirements apply to Navigation SDK for Android versions 5.0.0 and later.

  • A Google Cloud Console project with the Navigation SDK enabled. For access, contact your Google Maps Platform representative.

  • Your app must specify Android versions as follows:

    • the target version must be Android 13 (API level 33) or higher.
    • the minimum version must be Android 6 (API level 23) or higher.
  • To run an app built with the Navigation SDK, the Android device must meet the following requirements:

  • Attributions and licensing text must be added to the app.