Show me the code! – By Davanum Srinivas

November 19, 2007

Drawing overlays for Android Maps (aka Search for Starbucks)

Filed under: Uncategorized — Davanum Srinivas @ 8:32 pm

Without much Ado – Here are the screen shots


Key strokes

  • S – Toggle satellite imagery
  • T – Toggle traffic imagery
  • I – Zoom in
  • O – Zoom out
  • F – Search for addresses or businesses
  • P – Search for pizza 🙂
  • 1 / 2 / 3 …. 9 – Display information about a specific item and center it

Code sample for Overlays

package org.apache.maps;


public class MyOverlay extends Overlay {
    BrowseMap mMap;
    Paint paint1 = new Paint();
    Paint paint2 = new Paint();

    public MyOverlay(BrowseMap map) {
        mMap = map;
        paint2.setARGB(255, 255, 255, 255);

    public void draw(Canvas canvas, PixelCalculator pixelCalculator, boolean b) {
        super.draw(canvas, pixelCalculator, b);

        Search search = mMap.getSearch();
        if (search != null) {
            for (int i = 0; i < search.numPlacemarks(); i++) {
                Placemark placemark = search.getPlacemark(i);
                int[] screenCoords = new int[2];
                Point point = new Point(placemark.getLocation().getLatitude(),
                pixelCalculator.getPointXY(point, screenCoords);
                canvas.drawCircle(screenCoords[0], screenCoords[1], 9, paint1);
                canvas.drawText(Integer.toString(i + 1),
                        screenCoords[0] - 4,
                        screenCoords[1] + 4, paint2);

Download the sources and Application –


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  4. Hi! Why does your application does not close on the press of the “return button” ? How to fix it?

    Comment by fabio — November 21, 2007 @ 5:37 pm

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    Comment by frmad — November 23, 2007 @ 1:54 am

  6. Hello:

    Thanks for the application, it´s really nice.

    I have a question that I haven´t been able to answer it. Why the searth just finds 9 locations??. I don´t get it, what do i have to do to make search for more??.

    thanks and sorry for my english.

    Comment by Lancelot — November 23, 2007 @ 6:57 am

  7. Nice application.I tried your code,Its working fine but its not marking the location. Can u help me to sort this problem.

    Comment by Gopinathan — November 25, 2007 @ 11:45 pm

  8. It is possible to interact with those points? I mean, for example, instead locating Starbuck’s, you want to locate your friends so when you find them you can click on one of them and automatically calls it.

    Comment by Quauhtli Martinez — November 26, 2007 @ 10:12 pm

  9. Hi! This is excellent!! Thx!!
    What is the license for the code? (Can we use it on other open source apps for Android? (e.g. with Apache licensed Android apps))

    Comment by German Viscuso — November 28, 2007 @ 5:06 pm

  10. German,
    All the code on this web site written by me is under Apache License 2.0 (


    Comment by davanum — November 28, 2007 @ 8:32 pm

  11. For everyone’s information including the author’s:


    will really make those black circles look nice!

    do you know how to draw images on the overlay in place of those circles?

    I’ve looked into:;

    but I have no idea what to pass as arguments.

    I tried Bitmap icon =;

    to no avail.

    Comment by sudopeople — December 3, 2007 @ 2:31 pm

  12. Hi..very nice..thanks!!this is very helpful..

    Comment by Senthil Arjunan — December 5, 2007 @ 12:25 am

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  15. Ya he leido el foro y la verdad mi computador hace pate de una red interna por ello necesita un proxy y me gustaria mucho saber si alguien sabe configurarlo en el android para que la aplicacion maps funciones

    Comment by julian — December 29, 2007 @ 9:30 am

  16. how can i use latitude and logitue to search the map and what api’s i have to use Android SDK

    Comment by srini — February 10, 2008 @ 10:24 pm

  17. How to use andoroid api to search directions on google maps

    Comment by srini — February 10, 2008 @ 10:25 pm

  18. How can we get POI (point of intrests) of all the restorants in US???

    Comment by Greg — March 10, 2008 @ 2:09 am

  19. Hello! I am brand new to Android and this may seem like a simple question but how do i get the app into Eclipse? I have tried import but I can’t seem to get it…any ideas?
    Thanks so much for the amazing resource!

    Comment by Titus — July 8, 2008 @ 8:45 pm

  20. Someone could send me the file because when I try to download it, redirect me to a page “Not Found”

    Comment by Cassiano Tartari — August 24, 2008 @ 2:27 pm

  21. “Someone could send me the file because when I try to download it, redirect me to a page “Not Found””

    Me tool.

    Comment by Pat — November 3, 2008 @ 9:23 am

  22. hi,
    Thank you very much for your excellent blogs on Android, I’ve learn a lot from these.
    BTW, I am a newbie in Android programming and playing with Google maps, Could you please give me the link to download the source code of this post ?
    Or send me the code if any,

    Thank you very much in advance
    Best Regards

    Comment by Linh — January 12, 2009 @ 10:00 pm

  23. hello I am android beginner looking for pizza application in mapview.I need to developer pizza application which is given here it seems so good to learn the problem is import;

    these 2 package are not found in latest sdk
    plz mail me which android sdk does support these packages.

    Comment by saurabh — September 9, 2009 @ 5:07 am

  24. Great contribution!

    Neither the screenshots nor the source code is available at any more.

    I’d really appreciate if you can restore them, or someone post them somewhere else (keeping the original license and author credits).


    Comment by Pablo — November 15, 2009 @ 8:14 am


    solves basic issues with using overlays. and gives a step by step way of adding images to google maps

    Comment by Mir — February 13, 2012 @ 3:55 am

  26. Reblogged this on Smartphone & E-Commerce and commented:
    Ví dụ hay về xử lý hiển thị mapbase Google API

    Comment by retailsmarter — March 4, 2012 @ 6:32 am

  27. explain this code ..what use of pixelcalculater & search…………….

    Comment by Mahivardhan Singh — September 14, 2012 @ 2:27 am

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