Google Introduces Signed-In JavaScript Maps API

Google has introduced two new features to help connect the millions of sites using Google Maps APIs; a connected, signed-in JavaScript Maps API, and attributed save. The Google JavaScript Maps API now makes it possible for applications to provide maps built specifically for end users by allowing users to sign into maps with their Google account. Attributed save allows signed-in users to save places from applications so that they can be accessed at a later time.

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When signed-in users save a place from an app, the name of that app with a hyperlink will then be displayed on the map

The new attributed save feature allows developers to enable deep links in mobile applications. Developers can enable applications to include personalized attribution and links back to the app when signed-in users save a place. The attributed save feature is also being introduced to Google embedded maps and the Google Maps Embed API allows the source and link back parameters to be customized.

Developers can use the SaveWidget control to create a custom UI for saving places in their apps and SaveWidget can also be used to specify additional attribution data. This makes it possible for users to easily return to the apps where their places were originally saved from. When users save a place from an app, the name of that app with a hyperlink will then be displayed on the map. The signed-in Google JavaScript Maps API requires cookies to function and the map will set a cookie if a user is signed in.

For more information about enabling sign-in with the Google Maps JavaScript API, visit the Google developers website.

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