Solution for Overlay third-party data in Google Maps official apps?
is Given Below:
Is there any way to add a layer of custom data (points, areas, etc) with metadata (info boxes which appear when the item is clicked) over top of the official Google Maps apps?
By the official apps I mean the maps.google.com site, the official Android app, the official IOS app, and so on.
I sadly cannot figure out when or where, but I am 100% sure I have seen an extra toggleable layer with definitely-third-party data on someone’s Android device in the past, definitely on the official Google Maps app. I believe it appeared alongside “terrain” and those other toggleable layers.
The main use case I have in mind is showing data on carshare locations at the same time as figuring out transit directions. At the moment I have to switch back and forth between Google Maps for directions, and the car/bike share apps for where I can get/park the car/bike (and these car/bike share apps all have horrible user experiences), and it’s frustrating.
This is possible, to some extent, with Google My Maps.
If a Google My Maps map is shared publicly, and a user adds it to their saved maps, it’ll appear in Google Maps on (at least) the web and Android.
Here’s how it looks in Android (Google Maps menu -> Your places -> Maps):
And once activated it can remain visible while getting directions:
On the web, however, I haven’t found any way to keep the My Maps overlay visible while getting directions.
It also appears that My Maps doesn’t support external data sources, and so in order to keep the map up to date the data would have to be manually re-imported to the My Maps map whenever it changes, or the My Maps map itself would have to be the canonical data source.
I’d love to hear of any other ways to do this, or any way to make the web version of Google Maps display such a layer at the same time as directions.