How to Detect a User Interaction on Google Maps View in Android?

Matso Abgaryan
Feb 10 · 2 min read

The Android MapView is great in many ways, but it is missing some handy user interaction listeners implementations. That is why the MapView APIs are incomplete.

Let’s say we would like to track user interaction with the map in those cases :

When the user

  • Starts Zooming in on the map
  • Stops Zooming in on the map
  • Starts Zooming out the map
  • Stops Zooming out the map
  • Rotates the map
  • Pans the map

Those map interactions seem very simple and interesting for the analytics team to track.
As you can guess, it is not straightforward to implement these elementary user interactions, or at least I could not find one.

To be able to implement those map interactions above we need to use 3 MapView Listener :


map.setOnCameraMoveStartedListener { reason ->}

Which gets called every time the map starts moving, zooming in/out, or the camera angle change, and where the reason tells us who started to move the camera and has 3 values:




We will need to use the only REASON_GESTURE for the user interaction.


map.setOnCameraMoveListener {}

Which gets called every time the map moves, zooms in/out, or the camera angle changes.


map.setOnCameraIdleListener {}

This Listener called when the camera is in an idle state.

First, let’s define an interface for the user interactions which has 6 methods for the interactions cases mentioned above.

Then, let’s create an implementation class for the user interactions tracking.

Finally, let’s create a function for setting the MapInteractions listener and implementing the user interaction logic.

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