My geocoder search dialog suggestions differ from Google Map

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My geocoder search dialog suggestions differ from Google Map

Postby GlennMiller » Tue Nov 02, 2010 6:55 pm

My application includes a MapActivity and the Android Search Dialog to allow the user to type a map address to zoom the map. I am using a ContentProvider's query method to offer search suggestions as they type an address in the Search Dialog.

I am testing my results on my HTC Incredible, and noticed I am not getting as accurate suggestions as Android's Google Map search is giving. I'm assuming they are using the same GeoCoder logic I am. For example, in Google Map's if I type in "Eiff" I immediately get results for the "Eiffel Tower, Quai Branly, Paris, France", etc., but with my code, I don't get any results. I have the same inconsistency whether I use a street address or landmark in my query.

Any ideas?

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  1. private Cursor getSuggestions(String query) {
  3.                 final MatrixCursor result = new MatrixCursor(new String[] {
  4.                                 BaseColumns._ID, // must include this column
  5.                                 SearchManager.SUGGEST_COLUMN_TEXT_1});
  7.                 Geocoder geoCoder = new Geocoder(getContext(),
  8.                                 Locale.getDefault());
  9.                 try {
  10.                         List<Address> addresses = geoCoder.getFromLocationName(query, 10);
  12.                         int i = 0;
  13.                         for (Address address : addresses) {
  14.                                         result.addRow(new Object[] { i++, address.getAddressLine(0)});
  15.                         }
  16.                 } catch (IOException e) {
  17.                         e.printStackTrace();
  18.                 }
  20.                 return result;
  21.         }
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