Google provides two options for using map services:
- Maps Static API, that provides much less functionality, but sometimes it’s the only one kind of map which could be used.
Both types of services have their advantages and can be used in different application areas.
What is Maps Static API?
Maps Static API is a regular bitmap. This map has no interactive user interface.
In general terms, using this service, you can simply display a specific image of map, with the maximum size of the map image is 640*640 pixels. You can specify coordinates and additional marks.
Before to start Using the Google Maps Platform, you need to register and get the API key, that is necessary in most cases. Moreover, developers are provided with full information about the Maps Static API.
To enable the feature and Show map as a Static image, move to the Map Properties Tab and click the checkbox: