It is no secret that Apple is doing away with Google Maps as of Sept. 19. When you update your operating system to iOS 6, you will no longer be mapping things with Google’s service. You’ll be seeing the world through the eyes of Apple’s proprietary map system. Now, we are learning that Amazon is heading in the same direction. The online retail giant plans to implement the Amazon Maps API in the Kindle Fire HD line of tablets.
Amazon recently added the Maps API to the developer kit section of its mobile app distribution section. The company wants developers to add their mapping service to their apps. The Amazon Maps API allows developers to integrate mapping functionality into apps that run on the Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD.
Developers are not required to exchange Google Maps for Amazon Maps API, but the latter sure does hope the switchover will be wide sweeping. The application is still in beta, but developers can sign up for it now to get access through the Amazon Mobile App Distribution Portal.
The two main features of Amazon Maps API are:
- 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.
Amazon still has a long way to go before its mapping service can compete with Google, but this is a good starting point.