You may have noticed a new API on the Amazon Mobile App SDK tab in the distribution portal. When we announced Kindle Fire HD, we also made the Amazon Maps API available to our developer community.The Amazon Maps API makes it easy for you to integrate mapping functionality into apps that run on the all-new Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD. These new devices will also support location-based services through the android.location API.
The Amazon Maps API provides a simple migration path for developers who are already using the native Google Maps API on Android. Our Maps API offers two core features:
- Interactive Maps. You can embed a Map View in your app for customers to pan, zoom and fling around the world. You have the option to display a user’s current location, switch between standard maps and satellite view, and more.
- Custom Overlays. You can display the locations of businesses, landmarks and other points of interest with your own customized markers and pins.
The Amazon Maps API is available now in beta. Apply today to get access through the Amazon Mobile App Distribution Portal, and see how easy it is to add maps to your app.