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Activate the Google Places API Web Service

To get you started we'll guide you through the Google Developers Console to do a few things first:

  1. Create or choose a project
  2. Activate the Google Places API Web Service
  3. Create appropriate keys
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The Google Places API Web Service

The Google Places API Web Service is a service that returns information about places — defined within this API as establishments, geographic locations, or prominent points of interest — using HTTP requests.

Introducing the API

The following place requests are available:

  • Place Searches return a list of places based on a user's location or search string.
  • Place Details requests return more detailed information about a specific Place, including user reviews.
  • Place Add allow you to supplement the data in Google's Places database with data from your application.
  • Place Photos gives you access to the millions of Place related photos stored in Google's Place database.
  • Place Autocomplete can be used to automatically fill in the name and/or address of a place as you type.
  • Query Autocomplete can be used to provide a query prediction service for text-based geographic searches, by returning suggested queries as you type.

Each of the services is accessed as an HTTP request, and returns either an JSON or XML response. All requests to a Places service must use the https:// protocol, and include an API key.

The Google Places API Web Service uses a place ID to uniquely identify a place. For details about the format and usage of this identifier across the Google Places API Web Service and other APIs, see the place ID documentation.

Usage Limits and Requirements

All applications that use theGoogle Places API Web Service or Google Place Autocomplete must adhere to the requirements described in the Developer Policies and the Google Maps APIs Terms of Service. The Google Places API Web Service and Google Place Autocomplete share a usage quota as described in the Usage Limits and Billing documentation.

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