We warned you this day would come, and it finally has! Developers Matt McFarland and Sam Halperin on Azavea’s Civic Apps team have polished the code for OpenTreeMap for Android and released it in a fresh public Github repository. Unlike the iOS version, where we had to place the skin files in a separate repo, OpenTreeMap Android has them built into the project. Sam and Matt also put together a “how to” document for getting the project set up if you have a working Android development environment.
The mobile apps make collecting and entering new tree data into OTM much easier. We can determine the location of the tree from your smartphone’s GPS, and entering data right into the app saves you the hassle of writing things down on paper and inputting trees when you get back to your desktop computer at home. The OTM mobile apps also allow you to take pictures of your favorite trees using your smartphone’s camera.
Apps that use the fresh-baked code are already in the Google Play store for PhillyTreeMap, Urban Forest Map (San Francisco), Greenprint Maps (Sacramento), and Treezilla (Great Britain).
*The Android robot is reproduced or modified from work created and shared by Google and used according to terms described in the Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution License.