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Google Maps API introduces reverse geocoding

For quite a while now, it has been possible to use Google’s geocoding service which allows developers using the service to obtain a latitude / longitude pair for a given address. This service is quite useful when searching for specific locations such as stores, houses or other points of interest.

Enter reverse geocoding

Up until now, however there hasn’t been an easy way to determine what the address was for a particular point on a map. Google has recently unveiled a reverse geocoding service.

The GClientGeocoder.getLocations method can now take a GLatLng as a query parameter in which case it will perform a reverse geocoding and if possible return the address for the given location.

It will be interesting what kind of applications pop up which use the reverse geocoding functionality.

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November 6th, 2008 Posted by Danny D'Amours | Mapping | no comments

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