How to Use Google Map like TileView in Android

TileView is a subclass of android.view.ViewGroup that asynchronously displays tile-based images, with pan and zoom functionality, and support for features like markers, hotspots, paths, multiple levels of detail, and arbitrary coordinate systems.



compile 'com.qozix:tileview:'2.2.2'
The library is hosted on jcenter, and is not currently available from maven.
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A demo application, built in Android Studio, is available in the demo folder of this repository. Several use-cases are present; the RealMapTileViewActivity is the most substantive.

Quick Setup

  1. Tile an image into image slices of a set size, e.g., 256x256 (instructions)
  2. Name the tiles by the row and column number, e.g., 'tile-1-2.png' for the image tile that would be at the 2nd column from left and 3rd row from top.
  3. Create a new application with a single activity ('Main').
  4. Save the image tiles to your assets directory.
  5. Add compile 'com.qozix:tileview:2.2.2' to your gradle dependencies.
  6. In the Main Activity, use this for onCreate:
protected void onCreate( Bundle savedInstanceState ) {
  super.onCreate( savedInstanceState );
  TileView tileView = new TileView( this );
  tileView.setSize( 2000, 3000 );  // the original size of the untiled image
  tileView.addDetailLevel( 1f, "tile-%d-%d.png", 256, 256);
  setContentView( tileView );
That's it. You should have a tiled image that only renders the pieces of the image that are within the current viewport, and pans and zooms with gestures.



A TileView instance can have any number of detail levels, which is a single image made up of many tiles; each DetailLevel exists in the same space, but are useful to show different levels of details (thus the class name), and to further break down large images into smaller tiles sets. These tiles are positioned appropriately to show the portion of the image that the device's viewport is displayed - other tiles are recycled (and their memory freed) as they move out of the visible area. Detail levels often show the same content at different magnifications, but may show different details as well - for example, a detail level showing a larger area will probably label features differently than a detail level showing a smaller area (imagine a TileView representing the United States may show the Rocky Mountains at a very low detail level, while a higher detail level may show individual streets or addresses.
Each detail level is passed a float value, indicating the scale value that it represents (e.g., a detail level passed 0.5f scale would be displayed when the TileView was zoomed out by 50%). Additionally, each detail level is passed an arbitrary data object that is attached to each tile and can provide instructions on how to generate the tile's bitmap. That data object is often a String, formatted to provide the path to the bitmap image for that Tile, but can be any kind of Object whatsoever - during the decode process, each tile has access to the data object for the detail level.


A Tile is a class instance that represents a Bitmap - a portion of the total image. Each Tile provides position information, and methods to manage the Bitmap's state and behavior. Each Tile instanced is also passed to the TileView's BitmapProviderimplementation, which is how individual bitmaps are generated. Tile instances uses an equals method that compares only row, column and detail level, and are often passed in Set collections, so that Tile instances already in process are simply excluded by the unique nature of the Set if the program or user tries to add a single Tile more than once.
Each TileView instance must reference a BitmapProvider implementation to generate tile bitmaps. The interface defines a single method: public Bitmap getBitmap( Tile tile, Context context );. This method is called each time a bitmap is required, and has access to the Tile instance for that position and detail level, and a Context object to access system resources. The BitmapProvider implementation can generate the bitmap in any way it chooses - assets, resources, http requests, dynamically drawn, SVG, decoded regions, etc. The default implementation, BitmapProviderAssets, parses a String (the data object passed to the DetailLevel) and returns a bitmap found by file name in the app's assets directory.

Markers & Callouts

A marker is just a View - any type of View - TextView, ImageView, RelativeLayout, whatever. A marker does not scale, but it's position updates as the TileView scales, so it's always attached to the original position. Markers are always laid as as if passed WRAP_CONTENT on both axes. Markers can have anchor points supplied, which are applied to width and height as offsets - to have a marker center horizontally to a point, and align at the bottom edge (like a typical map pin would do), you'd pass -0.5f and -1.0f (thus, left position is offset by half the width, and top is offset by the full height).
Markers can have traditional touch handlers, like View.OnClickListener, but these usually consume the event, so a drag operation might be interrupted when a user's finger crossed a marker View that had a consuming listener. Instead, considerTileView.setMarkerTapListener, which will react when a marker is tapped but will not consume the event.

To use a View as a marker:

tileView.addMarker( someView, 250, 500, -0.5f, -1.0f );
A callout might be better described as an "info window", and is functionally identical to a marker, with 2 differences: 1, all callouts exist on a layer above markers, and 2, any touch event on the containing TileView instance will remove all callouts. This would be prevented if the event is consumed (for example, by a View.OnClickListener on a button inside the Callout). Callouts are often opened in response to a marker tap event.
Callouts use roughly the same API as markers.


A HotSpot represents a region on the TileView that should react when tapped. The HotSpot class and will virtually scale with the TileView. In addition to the Region API it inherits, a HotSpot also can accept a "tag" object (any arbitrary data structure), and a HotSpotTapListener. HotSpot taps are not consumed and will not interfere with the touch events examined by the TileView.

To create a HotSpot:

HotSpot hotSpot = new HotSpot();
hotSpot.setTag( this );
hotSpot.set( new Rect( 0, 0, 100, 100 ) );  // or any other API to define the region
tileView.addHotSpot( hotSpot, new HotSpot.HotSpotTapListener(){
  public void OnHotSpotTap( HotSpot hotSpot, int x, int y ) {
    Activity activity = (Activity) hotSpot.getTag();
    Log.d( "HotSpotTapped", "With access through the tag API to the Activity " + activity );


TileView uses DrawablePath instances to draw paths above the tile layer. Paths will transform with the TileView as it scales, but do not deform - that's to say that a 10DP wide stroke will always be 10DP wide, but the points of the path will be scaled with the TileView.
DrawablePath instances are objects that relate an instance of with an instance - there is no additional direct access API. Scaling is managed by a singel instance ofCompositePathView, which also supplies a default Paint instance that's used if any individual DrawablePath has a null value for it paint property.
Paths are not Views, and cannot be clicked. It is possible, however, to use the same Path instance on a HotSpot and aDrawablePath.
Note that TileView uses canvas.drawPath to render paths, which creates a higher-quality graphic, but can be a big hit on performance.

To add a path:

DrawablePath drawablePath = new DrawablePath();
drawablePath.path = // generate a Path using the standard API
drawablePath.paint = // generate a Paint instance use the standard API
tileView.addPath( drawablePath );


The setScale(1) method sets the initial scale of the TileView.
setScaleLimits(0, 1) sets the minimum and maximum scale which controls how far a TileView can be zoomed in or out. 0means completely zoomed out, 1 means zoomed in to the most detailed level (with the pixels of the tiles matching the screen dpi). For example by using setScaleLimits(0, 3) you allow users to zoom in even further then the most detailed level (stretching the image).
setMinimumScaleMode(ZoomPanLayout.MinimumScaleMode.FILL) controls how far a image can be zoomed out based on the dimensions of the image:
  • FILL: Limit the minimum scale to no less than what would be required to fill the container
  • FIT: Limit the minimum scale to no less than what would be required to fit inside the container
  • NONE: Limit to the minimum scale level set by setScaleLimits
When using FILL or FIT, the minimum scale level of setScaleLimits is ignored.

Hooks and Listeners

A TileView can have any number of ZoomPanListeners instances listening for events relating to zoom and pan actions, including: onPanBeginonPanUpdateonPanEndonZoomBeginonZoomUpdate, and onZoomEnd. The last argument passed to each callback is the source of the event, represented by ZoomPanListener.Origin enum: DRAGFLINGPINCH, or null (which indicates a programmatic pan or zoom).

To use a ZoomPanListener:

tileView.addZoomPanListener( new ZoomPanListener(){
  void onPanBegin( int x, int y, Origination origin ){
    Log.d( "TileView", "pan started..." );
  void onPanUpdate( int x, int y, Origination origin ){}
  void onPanEnd( int x, int y, Origination origin ){}
  void onZoomBegin( float scale, Origination origin ){}
  void onZoomUpdate( float scale, Origination origin ){}
  void onZoomEnd( float scale, Origination origin ){}
Additionally, TileView reports most significant operations to hooks. TileView implements ZoomPanLayout.ZoomPanListener,TileCanvasViewGroup.TileRenderListener, and DetailLevelManager.DetailLevelChangeListener, and it's super class implements GestureDetector.OnGestureListener,GestureDetector.OnDoubleTapListener,ScaleGestureDetector.OnScaleGestureListener, andTouchUpGestureDetector.OnTouchUpListener.

As such, the following hooks are available to be overridden by subclasses of TileView:

protected void onScrollChanged( int l, int t, int oldl, int oldt );
public void onScaleChanged( float scale, float previous );
public void onPanBegin( int x, int y, Origination origin );
public void onPanUpdate( int x, int y, Origination origin );
public void onPanEnd( int x, int y, Origination origin );
public void onZoomBegin( float scale, Origination origin) ;
public void onZoomUpdate( float scale, Origination origin );
public void onZoomEnd( float scale, Origination origin );
public void onDetailLevelChanged( DetailLevel detailLevel );
public boolean onSingleTapConfirmed( MotionEvent event );
public void onRenderStart();
public void onRenderCancelled();
public void onRenderComplete();
public boolean onScroll( MotionEvent e1, MotionEvent e2, float distanceX, float distanceY );
public boolean onDown( MotionEvent event );
public boolean onFling( MotionEvent event1, MotionEvent event2, float velocityX, float velocityY );
public void onLongPress( MotionEvent event );
public void onShowPress( MotionEvent event );
public boolean onSingleTapUp( MotionEvent event );
public boolean onSingleTapConfirmed( MotionEvent event );
public boolean onDoubleTap( MotionEvent event );
public boolean onDoubleTapEvent( MotionEvent event );
public boolean onScaleBegin( ScaleGestureDetector scaleGestureDetector );
public void onScaleEnd( ScaleGestureDetector scaleGestureDetector );
public boolean onScale( ScaleGestureDetector scaleGestureDetector );
public boolean onTouchUp();
Be careful to note where the method was specified, however; for example, onScaleBeginonScale, and onScaleEnd are provided by android.view.GestureDetector.OnScaleGestureListener, so are only aware of scale operations initiated by a gesture (pinch), while onScaleChanged is defined by ZoomPanLayout and will report any changes to scale from any source, so is probably more useful. See the javadocs for specifications.

How Do I...?

...create tiles from an image?

See the wiki entry here.

...use relative coordinates (like latitude and longitude)?

The TileView method defineBounds( double left, double top, double right, double bottom ) establishes a coordinate system for further positioning method calls (e.g., scrollToaddMarker, etc). After relative coordinates are established by invoking the defineBounds method, any subsequent method invocations that affect position and accept double parameters will compute the value as relative of the provided bounds, rather than absolute pixels. That's to say that:
  1. A TileView instance is initialized with setSize( 5000, 5000 );
  2. That TileView instance calls defineBounds( 0, 100, 0, 100 );
  3. That TileView instance calls scrollTo( 25d, 50d );
  4. That TileView will immediately scroll to the pixel at 1250, 2500.
This same logic can be used to supply latitude and longitude values to the TileView, by supplying the left and rightmost longitudes, and the top and bottommost latitudes. Remember that traditional coordinates are expressed (lat, lng), but TileView (and most UI frameworks) expect position values to be expressed as (x, y) - so positioning methods should be sent (lng, lat).

...use a third party image loading library like Picasso, Glide, UIL, etc?

Implement your own BitmapProvider, which has only a single method, then pass an instance of that class toTileView.setImageProvider.

Here's an example using Picasso (untested):

public class BitmapProviderPicasso implements BitmapProvider {
  public Bitmap getBitmap( Tile tile, Context context ) {
    Object data = tile.getData();
    if( data instanceof String ) {
      String unformattedFileName = (String) tile.getData();
      String formattedFileName = String.format( unformattedFileName, tile.getColumn(), tile.getRow() );
      return Picasso.with( context ).load( path ).get();
    return null;

And tell the TileView to use it:

tileView.setBitmapProvider( new BitmapProviderPicasso() );

...load tile bitmaps from a website?

Again, implement your own BitmapProvider. You could roll your own using URL and BitmapFactory.decodeStream, or leverage a third-party library intended for downloading images. Note that the BitmapProviderPicasso example above would work with network images out of the box, just make sure the string it's getting is a valid URL:
tileView.addDetailLevel( 1.0f, "" );

...add my custom View to the TileView, so that it scales?


Create a layout, add whatever views you want to it, and pass the layout to TileView.addScalingViewGroup:

RelativeLayout relativeLayout = new RelativeLayout( this );
ImageView logo = new ImageView( this );
logo.setImageResource( R.drawable.logo );
RelativeLayout.LayoutParams logoLayoutParams = new RelativeLayout.LayoutParams( LayoutParams.WRAP_CONTENT, LayoutParams.WRAP_CONTENT );
logoLayoutParams.addRule( RelativeLayout.CENTER_IN_PARENT );
relativeLayout.addView( logo, logoLayoutParams );
tileView.addScalingViewGroup( relativeLayout );

...add my custom View to the TileView, so that it does not scale?

TileView is a ViewGroup, and views can be added normally. No scaling behavior is passed directly, so unless you do something to make it scale, it will behave as would any other View, although the dimensions passed to it will reflect the size defined by the setSize API, not the dimensions of the TileView on screen.

Create a layout, add whatever views you want to it, and add it using addView:

RelativeLayout relativeLayout = new RelativeLayout( this );
ImageView logo = new ImageView( this );
logo.setImageResource( R.drawable.logo );
RelativeLayout.LayoutParams logoLayoutParams = new RelativeLayout.LayoutParams( LayoutParams.WRAP_CONTENT, LayoutParams.WRAP_CONTENT );
logoLayoutParams.addRule( RelativeLayout.CENTER_IN_PARENT );
relativeLayout.addView( logo, logoLayoutParams );
tileView.addView( relativeLayout );

...add a down-sampled image beneath the tile layer?

Since TileView is a ViewGroup, and it will lay out it's children according to the dimension supplied by the setSize API, adding a standard ImageView at index 0 with the image source a small version of the tiled composite image will create the down-sampled effect. Generally, the image should be low resolution and file size (images smaller than 500 pixels square should be OK).
ImageView downSample = new ImageView( this );
downSample.setImageResource( R.drawable.downsampled_image );
tileView.addView( downSample, 0 );
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