I learned how to use the Google Maps API so that I could to embed a map into an app. This part was easy. What I found myself spending far too much time on, was the UX of the app. I was having a hard time accepting the hardened corners, default configurations, and flat colours for the buttons. That, and I was not very experienced at PhotoShop for trying to modify images to what I felt would be pleasing to the eye.
The original app was done for a Nexus 7, whereas the screen shots have been taken off a Nexus 5, resulting in the icons at the bottom of the screens being compressed into each other in the screen captures. ☹
As you can see, nothing fancy, very basic functionality, ugly images...
I decided to change the format of the app itself.
What I found challenging was trying to get the walking directions in the app. It was very easy to add
the functionality to show directions, but this opened up Google Maps on the phone. I could not get
the polylines to work inside my app! So for testing purposes I used a 3rd party API until
I could get the functionality to work through the Google API.
Screen shots of phase 2.
After these changes were made I spoke with the Marketing Department at TRU. They had a few requests for
changes if they were to promote the app through the University. Fortunately, they provided some mock-ups
of what they wanted, so the changes were easy to see...