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This page is updated with each new release of the Places SDK for Android. The changelog lists releases by date and includes any new features, bug fixes and significant performance improvements.

November 14, 2023

3.3.0

Release 3.3.0

The Places SDK for Android version 3.3.0 is now available. For information about this release, and for all previous releases, see the Release Notes or subscribe to the Release Notes XML feed.

If you are a new user, see Set Up in the Google Cloud Console to start the installation process.

If you are an existing customer, see the upgrade instructions at Versions.

Places SDK for Android version 3.3.0 supports two SDK versions: the existing Places SDK for Android and Places SDK for Android (New), the next generation version of the SDK.

The new features added in v3.3.0 are all part of Places SDK for Android (New), so you must use that SDK to access the new features.

Your first task is to decide which SDK to use. This is true if you are a new customer or an existing customer already using the SDK. To learn the key differences between the two SDK versions, see Choose your SDK version.

Place Details now includes the new Review class and the new language code for the name string in the response Place object. You must use Places SDK for Android (New) to be able to access these new fields.

Use the new Place.getReviews() method to return up to five reviews for a place.

Use the new Place.getNameLanguageCode() method to access the language code.

For more information, see Place Details.

The Places SDK for Android (New) adds the AuthorAttributions field to the PhotoMetadata class used by Place Photos. You must use Places SDK for Android (New) to be able to access author attributions.

The PhotoMetadata object returned by Place.getPhotoMetadas() can contain one or more author attributions represented by a List of AuthorAttribution objects.

Added Text Search, which returns information about a set of places based on a string — for example "pizza in New York" or "shoe stores near Ottawa" or "123 Main Street". You must use Places SDK for Android (New) to be able to use Text Search.

New place type values are now available. You must use Places SDK for Android (New) to be able to access new type values.

Use the new Place.getPlaceTypes() method to access these new types.

Places SDK for Android version 3.3.0 requires a minimum of Kotlin 1.8.0. You can ensure that your Kotlin dependencies meet this minimum by updating the dependencies section of your module-level build.gradle file to add the kotlin-bom dependency:

  dependencies {
      implementation(platform("org.jetbrains.kotlin:kotlin-bom:1.8.0"))
      implementation 'com.google.android.libraries.places:places:3.3.0'
  }

For more information on the kotlin-bom dependency, see Usage of the latest kotlin-stdlib version in transitive dependencies.

If you run into errors for "Missing classes detected while running R8", please add the following rules to your existing keep rules in proguard-rules.pro:

-dontwarn io.grpc.internal.DnsNameResolverProvider
-dontwarn io.grpc.internal.PickFirstLoadBalancerProvider

New place type values have been added in v3.3.0. You must use Places SDK for Android (New) to be able to access new type values.

These new type values are not accessible by the existing Place.getTypes() method. Place.getTypes() in the Places SDK for Android is deprecated as of v3.3.0.

Instead, use Place.getPlaceTypes(). The minimum version of the Places SDK for Android with Place.getPlaceTypes() is v3.3.0.

July 05, 2023

3.2.0

Release 3.2.0

The Places SDK for Android version 3.2.0 is now available. For information about this release, and for all previous releases, see the Release Notes or subscribe to the Release Notes XML feed.

If you are a new user, see Set Up in the Google Cloud Console to start the installation process.

If you are an existing customer, see the upgrade instructions at Versions.

To clarify which class provides supported String constants for filtering Place Autocomplete predictions, the TypeFilter class in the Places SDK for Android is deprecated as of v3.2.0.

Instead, use PlaceTypes. For more information, see Filter results by place type or type collection.

The minimum version of the Places SDK for Android with PlaceTypes is v2.7.0. The v2.7.0 release notes have been amended to clarify that the deprecated methods in v2.7.0 should use PlaceTypes instead of TypeFilter.

Place Details now supports the following new Atmosphere Data Field, which contains a summary of a place up to 150 characters in length:

  • Place.Field.EDITORIAL_SUMMARY

The Place class now contain the following new methods to support this field:

  • getEditorialSummary()
  • getEditorialSummaryLanguageCode()

April 13, 2023

3.1.0

Release 3.1.0

The Places SDK for Android version 3.1.0 is now available. For information about this release, and for all previous releases, see the Release Notes or subscribe to the Release Notes XML feed.

If you are a new user, see Set Up in the Google Cloud Console to start the installation process.

If you are an existing customer, see the upgrade instructions at Versions.

To provide a more convenient method for checking on open status of a place, Place.isOpen() is deprecated as of v3.1.0. Instead, use PlacesClient.isOpen(). The minimum version of the Places SDK for Android with PlacesClient.isOpen() is v3.1.0.

For more information on PlacesClent.isOpen(), see Get open status.

Place Details now supports the following new Basic Data Field:

  • Place.Field.WHEELCHAIR_ACCESSIBLE_ENTRANCE

And the following new Atmosphere Data Fields:

  • Place.Field.RESERVABLE
  • Place.Field.SERVES_BEER
  • Place.Field.SERVES_BREAKFAST
  • Place.Field.SERVES_BRUNCH
  • Place.Field.SERVES_DINNER
  • Place.Field.SERVES_LUNCH
  • Place.Field.SERVES_VEGETARIAN_FOOD
  • Place.Field.SERVES_WINE

The following methods have been added to Place:

  • getCurrentOpeningHours() returns a place's hours of operation over the next seven days. The time period starts at midnight on the date of the request and ends at 11:59 pm six days later.

  • getSecondaryOpeningHours() returns a place's secondary hours of operation over the next seven days. Secondary hours are different from a business's main hours. For example, a restaurant can specify drive through hours or delivery hours as secondary hours.

December 12, 2022

3.0.0

Release 3.0.0

The Places SDK for Android version 3.0.0 is now available. For information about this release, and for all previous releases, see the Release Notes or subscribe to the Release Notes XML feed.

If you are a new user, see Set Up in the Google Cloud Console to start the installation process.

If you are an existing customer, see the upgrade instructions at Versions.

According to the Mobile OS version support policy, we are freezing support for Android 4 (API levels 20 and below) as of Places SDK for Android v3.0.0. The new minSDK is Android 5 (API level 21). Earlier Places SDK versions will continue supporting Android 4.

If your dependencies do not specify a version number, your IDE will load the newest SDK version and new builds of your app will not support Android 4.

Specify a version of the Places SDKs for Android in your application's build dependencies in order to control when you raise the minimum supported OS for new versions of your app.

Place Details now supports four new Atmosphere Data Fields:

  • Place.Field.TAKEOUT
  • Place.Field.DELIVERY
  • Place.Field.DINE_IN
  • Place.Field.CURBSIDE_PICKUP

Added new Place.BooleanPlaceAttributeValue class that defines the values of these new place attribute fields.

November 01, 2022

2.7.0

Release 2.7.0

The Places SDK for Android version 2.7.0 is now available. For information about this release, and for all previous releases, see the Release Notes or subscribe to the Release Notes XML feed.

If you are a new user, see Set Up in the Google Cloud Console to start the installation process.

If you are an existing customer, see the upgrade instructions at Versions.

Added the setTypesFilter(List<String> placeTypes) method to AutocompleteSupportFragment, FindAutocompletePredictionsRequest.Builder, and Autocomplete.IntentBuilder. Use this method to specify up to five values to restrict results from a Place Autocomplete request.

For more information, see Filter results by place type or type collection.

If your app does not use PlacesClient.findCurrentPlace(), you must now explicitly remove both the ACCESS_FINE_LOCATION and ACCESS_COARSE_LOCATION permissions. In previous releases, you only had to remove ACCESS_FINE_LOCATION.

For more information, see Current Place.

122841340: When you call Places.initialize(Context, String, Locale) and the specified Locale is different from the device's locale, the autocomplete widget now localizes both the search hint and the search results based on the setting of Locale. If you omit Locale, then it uses the device's locale.

March 31, 2022 - v2.6.0

Features

  • The Place.isOpen() method now considers the value of Place.Field.BUSINESS_STATUS and Place.Field.UTC_OFFSET to compute its return value.

    To ensure accurate results from the Place.isOpen() method, request the Place.Field.BUSINESS_STATUS field and the Place.Field.UTC_OFFSET field in your original place request. If the returned Place object contains Place.Field.BUSINESS_STATUS with a value of CLOSED_PERMANENTLY or CLOSED_TEMPORARILY, Places.isOpen() returns false. If Place.Field.BUSINESS_STATUS was not requested or is unavailable, Places.isOpen() assumes that the business is operational.

Deprecation

Places SDK for Android Version 2.6.0 is the last version that supports the equivalent Places SDK for Android compatibility library. If you are using the compatibility library to access Places SDK for Android features or data, we recommend that you follow the migration guide to use the Places SDK for Android directly before the release of Places SDK for Android Version 2.7.0. The compatibility library will not be supported above Version 2.6.0.

October 18, 2021 - Freezing support for API Level 23, 24 and 25

In response to changes in our internal dependencies, Android API Level 23, 24, and 25 (Android 6, 7.0 and 7.1) will not be supported in new versions of the Places SDK for Android beginning in the third quarter of 2022.

Places SDK for Android versions released beginning in the third quarter of 2022 will only support devices running a minimum of Android API Level 26.

App versions built with v2.x or lower of the Places SDK for Android will continue to work on devices running Android API Level 25 and below.

Be sure to specify a version in your application's build dependencies in order to control when you raise the minimum supported OS for new versions of your app.

October 14, 2021 - v2.5.0

Features

  • Added new Place fields (iconBackgroundColor and iconURL) to allow for rendering icons that indicate the place (POI) type.

Improvements

  • Added @RecentlyNonNull and @RecentlyNullable annotations. This change will cause warnings on null safety violations, and provides better Kotlin interoperability and better static null checking for apps that use Java null checking frameworks.
  • Autocomplete widgets now have debouncing when typing quickly.
  • Volley dependency updated to 1.2.1 in observation of the sunset of JCenter.

Bug fixes

  • Fixed a bug where the Autocomplete widget was resetting the text query in some cases.

September 16, 2020 - v2.4.0

API changes

  • Added getters to request builders and model builders, for better Kotlin interoperability.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixes an issue where the autocomplete search box would unexpectedly clear.

May 26, 2020 - v2.3.0

New Features

April 21, 2020 - Plus code support in Place Autocomplete

  • Place Autocomplete now supports plus codes. This change is supported for all versions.

February 3, 2020 - v.2.2.0

New Features

November 4, 2019 - v.2.1.0

New Features

  • Added ability to create AutocompleteSupportFragment programmatically with a static newInstance method.
    • AutocompleteSupportFragment.newInstance returns a new autocomplete fragment with default config.
  • AutocompleteSupportFragment setters now return the instance so the setters can be chained in a builder-like fashion.

Resolved Issues

  • Resolved issue where empty AddressComponent types incorrectly threw IllegalStateException. Some address components legitimately have no types.
  • Resolved issue where the autocomplete widget would lose its state on configuration change, for example, from portrait to landscape layout.
  • Resolved issue where findCurrentPlace may crash when there are too many access points nearby.

Known Issues

  • Our dependency on FragmentFactory is implemented by AndroidX, but our javadocs believe it is implemented by the Support Libraries.

July 17, 2019 - v.2.0.0

Incompatible Changes

Features

  • Adds two new methods to Place:
    • Place.getUtcOffsetMinutes() returns the UTC offset for a place, in minutes.
    • Place.isOpen() and Place.isOpen(long utcTimeMillis) return a boolean indicating whether the place is currently open.
  • Added Autcomplete.IntentBuilder.setHint(String hint) to allow changing the hint text for the search box.

Improvements

  • Autocomplete API behavior has changed: All leading whitespace will be removed, and trailing whitespace will be replaced with a single space. This helps to conserve on network requests by using previously cached responses when user types in extra whitespace (e.g “Google ”).
  • Dependency on Glide has been removed, resulting in a smaller APK size.

April 1, 2019 - v.1.1.0

API changes

  • minSDKVersion is increased from 14 to 16.

New Features

  • Added support for AddressComponents to the Place object (with the exception of findCurrentPlace()).

Improvements

  • Improved model class validation (e.g OpeningHours.getWeekdayText() may not contain empty or null values).
  • Removed Maven dependency on Guava resulting in reduced app size.

Resolved issues

  • Resolved proguard issue that caused OpeningHours.Builder and AutocompletePrediction.builder.setPlaceTypes() to be stripped from the AAR, and Place.Builder.autoBuild() to not be stripped from the AAR.
  • The AutocompleteActivity editText has been updated to manually request focus (required on API level 28).
  • Made all collections in models classes immutable.
  • Added support for restoring AutocompleteActivity state on config changes.

January 29, 2019 - v.1.0

Features

  • The Places SDK for Android is now distributed via a standalone static library, to enable more frequent updates and quicker bug fixes.
  • Added a compatibility library to help with migration from the previous Android library, to the new and improved library.
  • Added the ability to programmatically set/replace API keys.
  • Added support for cancelling requests.
  • Added support for using fields to enable specifying the types of place data to return.
  • The Place object can now return the total number of reviews for each place.
  • The Place object now returns business opening hours.
  • Added support for Plus codes. Plus codes are short codes that provide an address for every location in the world, even in areas where traditional street addresses don't exist.
  • Place autocomplete now supports session-based billing.

June 14, 2018

  • Enabled the new basemap style for the Place Picker. This applies to all versions of the Places SDK for Android. See the blog post for more information about the new style.

September 2016 - v.9.6

  • Added the setCountry method to restrict the scope of a Places autocomplete request to a single country.
  • Bug fixes and improvements to the Place Picker and Autocomplete Widget.

August 2016 - v.9.4

  • The Places API now includes a redesigned Place Picker UI that implements the principles of material design.

December 17, 2015

  • This release adds the autocomplete widget, a search dialog with built-in autocomplete functionality. As a user enters search terms, the widget presents a list of predicted places to choose from. Autocomplete functionality has also been added to the place picker.

September 24, 2015

  • This release adds three new methods to AutocompletePrediction, giving you easy access to the primary and secondary parts of the place description as well as the full text of the description. This is useful, for example, when you want to display a short title followed by further detail about the place. See the sample code on GitHub. The new methods are as follows:

    • getFullText(CharacterStyle matchStyle) returns the full text of a place description. This is a combination of the primary and secondary text. Example: "Eiffel Tower, Avenue Anatole France, Paris, France". This method is equivalent to the existing getDescription() method. In addition, it lets you highlight the sections of the description that match the search with a style of your choice, using CharacterStyle. The CharacterStyle parameter is optional. Set it to null if you don't need any highlighting.
    • getPrimaryText(CharacterStyle matchStyle) returns the main text describing a place. This is usually the name of the place. Examples: "Eiffel Tower", and "123 Pitt Street".
    • getSecondaryText(CharacterStyle matchStyle) returns the subsidiary text of a place description. This is useful, for example, as a second line when showing autocomplete predictions. Examples: "Avenue Anatole France, Paris, France", and "Sydney, New South Wales".
  • Accompanying the above improvement, the following methods on AutocompletePrediction, are now deprecated:

    • getDescription() is now deprecated. Please use getFullText(), getPrimaryText(), and/or getSecondaryText() to retrieve the full or partial description,
    • getMatchedSubstrings() is now deprecated. Please use getFullText() to format matches more easily.
  • The upcoming release of Android (Android M) introduces a new model for handling permissions, which streamlines the process for users when they install and upgrade apps. Provided you're using version 8.1 or later of Google Play services, you can configure your app to target the Android M SDK and use the new permissions model. To learn more, see Working with System Permissions.

August 13, 2015

April 28, 2015

March 2015

This is the first release of the Places SDK for Android, included as part of the Google Play services SDK.

Features

Help your customers explore where they are and what’s around them:

  • Use the built-in place picker UI widget, allowing users to select a place on an interactive map.
  • Get the current place, that is, the place where the device is last known to be located.
  • Retrieve and display rich information about a place.
  • Make it easy to enter place names and addresses, by autocompleting your users' queries as they type.
  • Add a place to Google's Places database, for retrieval immediately from within your own app and for visibility to other apps after moderation.
  • Improve the map around you by reporting the presence of a device at a particular place.
  • Store the unique place ID for one or more places, and use the ID to retrieve place information on demand.