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This page is updated with each new release of the Places SDK for Android. The changelog lists the releases by date and includes any new features, bug fixes and significant performance improvements.
Consult the getting-started guide for information on how to download the Places SDK for Android and set up your development environment.
January 29, 2019 - v.1.0
- The Places SDK for Android is now distributed via a standalone static library, to enable more frequent updates and quicker bug fixes.
- Added a compatibility library to help with migration from the previous Android library, to the new and improved library.
- Added the ability to programmatically set/replace API keys.
- Added support for cancelling requests.
- Added support for using fields to enable specifying the types of place data to return.
- The Place object can now return the total number of reviews for each place.
- The Place object now returns business opening hours.
- Added support for Plus codes. Plus codes are short codes that provide an address for every location in the world, even in areas where traditional street addresses don't exist.
- Place autocomplete now supports session-based billing.
June 14, 2018
- Enabled the new basemap style for the Place Picker. This applies to all versions of the Places SDK for Android. See the blog post for more information about the new style.
September 2016 - v.9.6
- Added the
setCountrymethod to restrict the scope of a Places autocomplete request to a single country.
- Bug fixes and improvements to the Place Picker and Autocomplete Widget.
August 2016 - v.9.4
- The Places API now includes a redesigned Place Picker UI that implements the principles of material design.
December 17, 2015
- This release adds the autocomplete widget, a search dialog with built-in autocomplete functionality. As a user enters search terms, the widget presents a list of predicted places to choose from. Autocomplete functionality has also been added to the place picker.
September 24, 2015
This release adds three new methods to
AutocompletePrediction, giving you easy access to the primary and secondary parts of the place description as well as the full text of the description. This is useful, for example, when you want to display a short title followed by further detail about the place. See the sample code on GitHub. The new methods are as follows:
getFullText(CharacterStyle matchStyle)returns the full text of a place description. This is a combination of the primary and secondary text. Example: "Eiffel Tower, Avenue Anatole France, Paris, France". This method is equivalent to the existing
getDescription()method. In addition, it lets you highlight the sections of the description that match the search with a style of your choice, using
CharacterStyleparameter is optional. Set it to null if you don't need any highlighting.
getPrimaryText(CharacterStyle matchStyle)returns the main text describing a place. This is usually the name of the place. Examples: "Eiffel Tower", and "123 Pitt Street".
getSecondaryText(CharacterStyle matchStyle)returns the subsidiary text of a place description. This is useful, for example, as a second line when showing autocomplete predictions. Examples: "Avenue Anatole France, Paris, France", and "Sydney, New South Wales".
Accompanying the above improvement, the following methods on
AutocompletePrediction, are now deprecated:
getDescription()is now deprecated. Please use
getSecondaryText()to retrieve the full or partial description,
getMatchedSubstrings()is now deprecated. Please use
getFullText()to format matches more easily.
The upcoming release of Android (Android M) introduces a new model for handling permissions, which streamlines the process for users when they install and upgrade apps. Provided you're using version 8.1 or later of Google Play services, you can configure your app to target the Android M SDK and use the new permissions model. To learn more, see Working with System Permissions.
August 13, 2015
- Added support for retrieving and displaying Place Photos.
April 28, 2015
- Added a
PlaceBuffer. You now need to display third-party attributions if your app uses a
PlaceBufferby calling get place by ID. See the attributions guide for details.
This is the first release of the Places SDK for Android, included as part of the Google Play services SDK.
Help your customers explore where they are and what’s around them:
- Use the built-in place picker UI widget, allowing users to select a place on an interactive map.
- Get the current place, that is, the place where the device is last known to be located.
- Retrieve and display rich information about a place.
- Make it easy to enter place names and addresses, by autocompleting your users' queries as they type.
- Add a place to Google's Places database, for retrieval immediately from within your own app and for visibility to other apps after moderation.
- Improve the map around you by reporting the presence of a device at a particular place.
- Store the unique place ID for one or more places, and use the ID to retrieve place information on demand.