- Design of Native Mobile Apps with Mapping Features
- Details of Mobile Mapping Within Embedded Browsers
- Running the Mobile Map Apps in Emulators of Eclipse and Xcode
- Wrapping Up
Design of Native Mobile Apps with Mapping Features
To implement geolocation and mapping features, mobile application developers could use native mapping APIs such as the MapView library and Map Kit framework on Android and iPhone, respectively. As well as learning how to use these native mapping APIs, developers would need to keep up with future updates of these native APIs and maintain separate code bases to support both Android and iPhone after release of their apps. This requirement invariably incurs a lot of maintenance effort, taking away precious time from developers who mostly want to focus on developing application features and delivering benefits to end users.
This design doctrine of using embedded browsers inside native apps not only decreases implementation work for app developers, thus freeing time for application enhancement, but gives end users the benefit of continuously updated mapping features. Developers can happily iterate mapping features; for example, by taking advantage of the best and latest bug fixes or new feature enhancements in the Google Maps API. Meanwhile, users instantly benefit from updates of mapping features within the app[md]without having to reinstall the native app.