To start using Google Maps on your Android application, you need no more than a MapView and some GeoPoint. Nevertheless, in order to show map tiles loaded and drawn on your Android application when debugging (on AVD or phone), you’ll have to obtain a Maps API Key.
The procedure splits in three steps:
- Obtain the debug certificate (official procedure here)
- Sign up for a Maps API (official procedure here)
- Start playing with MapView !