We have seen the implementation of Google Maps in Android along with markers on it. But many apps provide features so that users can specify the location on which they have to place markers. So in this article, we will implement a SearchView in our Android app so that we can search a location name and add a marker to that location.
What we are going to build in this article?
We will be building a simple application in which we will be displaying a simple Google map and a SearchView. Inside that search view when users enter any location name then we will add a marker to that location on Google Maps. A sample video is given below to get an idea about what we are going to do in this article. Note that we are going to implement this project using the Java language.
Step by Step Implementation
Step 1: Create a New Project
To create a new project in Android Studio please refer to How to Create/Start a New Project in Android Studio. Note that select Java as the programming language. Make sure to select Maps Activity while creating a new Project.
Step 2: Generating an API key for using Google Maps
To generate the API key for Maps you may refer to How to Generate API Key for Using Google Maps in Android. After generating your API key for Google Maps. We have to add this key to our Project. For adding this key in our app navigate to the values folder > google_maps_api.xml file and at line 23 you have to add your API key in the place of YOUR_API_KEY.
Step 3: Working with the activity_maps.xml file
As we are adding SearchView to our Google Maps for searching a location and adding a marker on that location. So we have to add a search view to our activity_maps.xml file. For adding SearchView, navigate to the app > res > layout > activity_maps.xml and add the below code to it. Comments are added in the code to get to know in more detail.
Step 4: Working with the MapsActivity.java file
Go to the MapsActivity.java file and refer to the following code. Below is the code for the MapsActivity.java file. Comments are added inside the code to understand the code in more detail.
Now run your app and see the output of the app.