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Windows Phone 8 Development Internals by Andrew Whitechapel and Sean McKenna

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Chapter 18. Location and maps

Location and maps are supported in Windows Phone by two sets of APIs: the location APIs and the map APIs. Each of these also comes in two flavors: Windows Phone 7 and Windows Phone 8. If you want to build an app that targets both Windows Phone 7 and Windows Phone 8 (or indeed both Windows Phone and desktop Windows or web Silverlight), you should use the Windows Phone 7 APIs because those work on both versions of the platform. On the other hand, if you want to target only Windows Phone 8—taking advantage of its enhanced functionality—it is recommended that you use the Windows Phone 8 APIs. This chapter examines all approaches, starting with the Windows Phone 7 APIs to build a range of map and location-based apps, and ...

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