Start Deploying GIS Maps and GPS to Android Apps

An easy way to add a GIS map and GPS to your Android app.
Rating: 3.6 out of 5 (54 ratings)
3,198 students
Start Deploying GIS Maps and GPS to Android Apps
Rating: 3.6 out of 5 (54 ratings)
3,198 students
Setup Android Studio project with ArcGIS Maven online repository;
Setup Android Studio project with ArcGIS SDK manually;
Sign up a ArcGIS Developers Account (Free);
Create a webMap at ArcGIS Online
Set a default basemap in xml;
Select a basemap type;
Select map layers from ArcGIS Rest Services Dictionary;
Add multiple map layers in java;
Enable map continuously;
Set map extent;
Open a webMap in xml;
Open a webMap in java;
Display GPS on map;
Turn on/off GPS with GPS menu item;
Show toast messages;
Set map center and zoom level in java;​
Add pin and show callout;​
Add callout attributes information and images;
Tap on map to add a pin;

Requirements

  • No programming experience needed
  • A computer installed with Android Studio
  • Internet connection
Description

(course updated on: 2016-Jul-26: add extra contents; 2016-Jun-16: add extra contents;2016-Mar-21: add extra contents; )

“The world we live is full of coordinates and I love it!" - Alfred Lam, the course instructor.

“The essence of creating a beautiful map is balance!" - Alfred Lam, the course instructor.

This is an entry-level course teaching how to add GIS maps to Android application. The purpose of this course is to give you a basic idea of how to create an Android GIS App from scratch.

GIS stands for Geographic Information System. It is composed of hardware, software, people, environment, and data. Therefore, students with different backgrounds can learn and use GIS. The purpose of this course is to convey a concept to students that adding a GIS map to Android Apps for your clients is not difficult. You can spend your minimum time to handle it.

If you are new to using GIS maps in Android development, this course is the right place for you to start. The ArcGIS Runtime SDK for Android has been developed by ESRI, which is so far the biggest vendor of GIS systems and applications in the world. Some developers may ask why do we bother to use GIS maps as we already have Google map. My answer is that the Google map is great for you to identify your locations. But its data, functionality, and flexibility are far from enough if you want to create a versatile app with various basemaps, to tell a story, to add your own map features, or to perform an analysis to your clients with a map. ArcGIS, on the other hand, is the most comprehensive and advanced GIS in the world and it is capable of performing all these tasks for you.

Time is precious for many app developers and programmers. This course was condensed with all necessary steps for starting a Android GIS app development. For those GIS users, students, iOS developers, and anyone who are interested in developing more decent mobile or web GIS apps. Please be aware of my other course announcements about Android, JavaScript, and iOS in the future.

After completing this course and the exercises, you will be able to:

  • Setup Android Studio project with ArcGIS Maven online repository;
  • Setup Android Studio project with ArcGIS SDK manually;
  • Sign up a ArcGIS Developers Account (Free);
  • Create a webMap at ArcGIS Online
  • Set a default basemap in xml;
  • Select a basemap type;
  • Select map layers from ArcGIS Rest Services Dictionary;
  • Add multiple map layers in java;
  • Enable map continuously;
  • Set map extent;
  • Open a webMap in xml;
  • Open a webMap in java;
  • Display GPS on map;
  • Turn on/off GPS with a tailor-made GPS menu item;
  • Show toast messages;
  • Set map center and zoom level in java;
  • Add pin and show callout;
  • Add callout attributes information and images;
  • Tap on map to add a pin;
Who this course is for:
  • GIS users
  • Students
  • Developers
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Anyone who are interested to make GIS maps in Android apps
Course content
1 section • 9 lectures • 31m total length
  • Lecture 1: Course Introduction
    01:23
  • Lecture 2: SignUp ArcGIS Developers Account
    02:47
  • Lecture 3: Setup a Demo Project
    04:34
  • Lecture 4: Add a Basemap in XML
    03:18
  • Lecture 5: Understand MapOptions and Map Types
    01:38
  • Lecture 6: Display a Basemap Layer in Java
    08:49
  • Lecture 7: ArcGIS Rest Service Directory
    02:13
  • Lecture 8: Add 2nd Map Layer
    03:45
  • Lecture 9: Set Additional Features to the Map
    03:10

Instructor
GIS Developer
Alfred Lam
  • 4.0 Instructor Rating
  • 1,062 Reviews
  • 39,355 Students
  • 16 Courses

“The world we live is full of coordinates and I love it!" - Alfred Lam

“The essence of creating a beautiful map is balance!" - Alfred Lam

I am an enthusiastic GIS specialist and I have been using GIS for more than ten years. My previous position was a senior officer at a NGO maintaining geodatabase, doing field data collection, and perform GIS analysis with remote sensing, GIS, and GPS data for the whole organization. With the advent of mobile technology, I have been studying and working hard to code for iOS, Android, and JavaScript. I believe this is one of the most useful technologies that can help people in many aspects.

I am going to dedicate some of my time to be a GIS instrcutor here and teaching is fun. It is also great to let many mobile and web developers to know and use ESRI technology which is so far the best and the most comprehensive GIS system. The part I am giving lectures is even only a very small fraction of the whole ArcGIS system.Please find all my courses and special offers at my profile website. 

Coding is boundless. Like many other teachers, I’d like to share my knowledge and experiences here. As students are from all levels, I try not to make the code complicated. Maybe sometimes my pace is a bit slower, but I tried to make the code effective in a straightforward and simplest way. So that students can understand the mechanism of the code easily.