Android Context based computing Thoughts

Went for a walk, came back with a map


Early this week to test a new Android application and to walk of the Google Christmas Lunch, I went for an early afternoon walk near the office.

The application I was testing was My Maps Editor and Android application to create and edit Google My Maps, and it pretty much worked first time as expected allowing be to create a simple map of my walk.

At the end of 2008 it’s quite difficult to get really excited by this as we have come to expect so much from mainstream geospatial technology.

But just think what I have achieved from my walk, not only have I created a multimedia rich database with potentially metre accuracy geospatial features, I have also created a distribution channel to publish the database within minutes to hundreds of millions of users.

All from a mobile device that costs a few hundred pounds.


So this type of technology may never be used to create base map data, but for many organisations who need to be able to do simple data capture outside of the office there is huge potential here.

Maybe over christmas I will complete my recycling map for Richmond 🙂

Written and submitted from the Google Office, London.

3 replies on “Went for a walk, came back with a map”

The product looks great, my only real issue is with the phone itself. It great to have the ability to publish pictures direct to google maps, capture locations, plan routes but with the failure of the IPhone to enable video capture the G1 missed a great opportunity… However i counding down the days until my mobile contract ends… bring on the G1…

Any news on it being used an SatNav?

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