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  • Question

  • I have a couple of WP7 apps on the marketplace that use the bing maps control.  I'm planning to port them over to Android and I expected I would have to use the Google map control and therefore have to do a lot work more than just converting language.  Now I see there is a Bing Maps android sdk.  But it's based on AJAX.

    Does it have the same basic API as the WP7 mapcontrol?  Would I save work using it on my conversion?

    Thanks, Dean


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    • Moved by Ricky_Brundritt Saturday, March 10, 2012 12:13 PM (From:Bing Maps: Map Control and Web services Development)
    Monday, November 21, 2011 10:05 PM

Answers

  • You probaubly would save time using the Bing Maps Android SDK. Funny thing is it runs faster than the built in Google Maps on Android. That said you can also create a mobile friendly website using the AJAX control and it will work across iPhone, Android, and Blackberry 6 as those are all supported by the Bing Maps V7 control. Going that route would save you the most time and also give you the most visibility.


    http://rbrundritt.wordpress.com
    Tuesday, November 22, 2011 8:53 AM
  • Hi Dean,

    There are a couple options. If you use the Bing Maps Android SDK (http://bingmapsandroidsdk.codeplex.com/) you will have access to the native Android API and will be able to access all those device features.

    If you create a pure web app you will be able to get access to the GPs but not the compass or camera (at least not until HTML 5 supports that for mobile). That said you can put a web app in a tool called phonegap (http://phonegap.com/) which will give you a native wrapper for a web app and give you full access to the mobile phone's device features.


    http://rbrundritt.wordpress.com
    Friday, November 25, 2011 10:10 AM

All replies

  • You probaubly would save time using the Bing Maps Android SDK. Funny thing is it runs faster than the built in Google Maps on Android. That said you can also create a mobile friendly website using the AJAX control and it will work across iPhone, Android, and Blackberry 6 as those are all supported by the Bing Maps V7 control. Going that route would save you the most time and also give you the most visibility.


    http://rbrundritt.wordpress.com
    Tuesday, November 22, 2011 8:53 AM
  • Richard,

    It's my understanding that with an ajax web site I would not be able to access the various devices on the phones such as the GPS, camera, compass, etc and subscribe to the various events from those devices.  Am I wrong?

    thanks, Dean


    .net Developer
    Thursday, November 24, 2011 3:53 PM
  • Hi Dean,

    There are a couple options. If you use the Bing Maps Android SDK (http://bingmapsandroidsdk.codeplex.com/) you will have access to the native Android API and will be able to access all those device features.

    If you create a pure web app you will be able to get access to the GPs but not the compass or camera (at least not until HTML 5 supports that for mobile). That said you can put a web app in a tool called phonegap (http://phonegap.com/) which will give you a native wrapper for a web app and give you full access to the mobile phone's device features.


    http://rbrundritt.wordpress.com
    Friday, November 25, 2011 10:10 AM
  • Richard,

    phonegap sounds really interesting.  thanks for the lead.  but OMG I would have to write in Javascript!  that's 1.5 decades back in technology.  I don't understand why Javascript has been picked as language of the future.  Sounds like the work of a committee.  HTML and Javascript: the way of the future.  Wow.

    Dean


    .net Developer
    Friday, November 25, 2011 5:40 PM