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I am currently looking at the various libraries that I can use to show a map in my custom Android App. I have found several like Mapsforge, OSMDroid, ArcGIS runtime for Android, Google Maps for Android and so on. I'm sure that I am missing a few.

Is there a comparison chart somewhere about the differences in functionalities and pros and cons of each one?

If there isn't one, we could make this question community wiki, to serve alongside Comparison of Open Source Desktop GIS Packages & Comparison of JavaScript mapping libraries.

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Are there any open source options that support multiple CRS (i.e. not just web mercator)? –  BradHards Dec 20 '12 at 19:50
    
@BradHards As far as I know, only QGIS on android can do it, but it is still in a very early stage. –  Devdatta Tengshe Dec 21 '12 at 14:14
    
@BradHards: According to my latest research, the Nutiteq library can show maps in arbitrary CRS. –  Devdatta Tengshe May 24 '13 at 10:22
    
This Q&A is discussed in a Meta Q&A. –  PolyGeo Feb 10 at 23:48
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Here are the results of my brief research on this Issue:

  1. ArcGIS runtime for Android. Seems to be oriented towards showing ArcGIS Server's Mapservices. It can show data in an offline mode, by storing tiles in the compact cache storage format, or by using tile packages.

  2. OSMDroid A component which can be used to show data from Open Street Maps when on-line, and can use tiles for off-line access. It is a raster based option, and you can use Mobile Atlas creator to create tiles from pretty much any WMS service.

  3. MapsForge An excellent library for rendering OSM data on the fly. It has a special optimized tile format, and it's rendering performance is quite good.

  4. Google Maps Android API This is the default mapView in Android, and uses the data from Google Maps. While the Google map application itself can be used in ofline mode, the API, as far as I am aware, is not possible to use in the off-line mode.

  5. Nutiteq This is fully featured library that has many unique features like support for 3D, various OGC services, custom Map API's, offline routing and maps in any projection. It should be noted that the commercial usage of this library for sources other than OpenStreetMap requires the purchase of a license.

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TileMill MBtile could used for offline tiles , geospatialscott.blogspot.com/2012/04/… –  geogeek Dec 22 '12 at 0:48
    
Nutiteq is free if you use it with OpenStreetMap, even for commercial applications. See github.com/nutiteq/hellomap3d/wiki/Free-openstreetmap-license for the terms. –  JaakL Dec 10 '13 at 8:47
    
@JaakL: Thanks for the correction! –  Devdatta Tengshe Dec 10 '13 at 9:12
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