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Location search on Google maps

In Chapter: Location and Map Applications
Author: Rachee Singh ('racheesingh')
Published? false
FormatLanguage: WikiFormat


Doing a location search using Google Maps.


The location to be searched can be entered into an EditText. The query is searched and the search results are extracted. The best out of the location search results is displayed as a toast (This is a sample, many other activities can be done using the location search result).


  • Warning* The Google Maps V1 API is deprecated; new code should use the V2 API discussed in Recipes 4285 and 4297.

This method obtains text from an EditText named: addressText. Then this text is searched for using the getFromLocationName() method of the Geocoder class. From the search results obtained the first result is extracted and displayed as a Toast. If the string returned is of size=0, an appropriate message is displayed.

protected void mapCurrentAddress() {
		String addressString = addressText.getText().toString();
		Geocoder g = new Geocoder(this);
		List<Address> addresses;
		try {
			addresses = g.getFromLocationName(addressString, 1);
			String add = "";
			if (addresses.size() > 0) {
				address = addresses.get(0);
				for (int i=0; i<address.getMaxAddressLineIndex();i++) {
					add += address.getAddressLine(i) + "\n";
				Toast.makeText(getBaseContext(), add, Toast.LENGTH_SHORT).show();

			} else {
				Toast.makeText(getBaseContext(),"We failed to locate this address.", Toast.LENGTH_SHORT).show();
		} catch (IOException e) {