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Answers to the most frequently asked questions about the integration and use of Google Maps platform

General Questions

What is the Google Maps Platform?

Google bundles its services and APIs for interactive map applications in the Google Maps Platform. With Maps, Routes and Places, it includes all services for developing interactive maps and integrating them into your own applications.

Anyone who wants to use map applications with Google Maps must create a billing account - either online, directly at Google, or via us as a Google Cloud Partner.

What advantages does Ubilabs offer me as a Google Cloud Partner?

As a leading Google Cloud Partner in DACH we have specialized in Google Maps for many years. We can advise you on the implementation and migration of the Google Maps Platform and help you optimize your consumption. At the same time you also benefit from our many years of specializing in the development of customized map applications for companies in the transport & logistics, travel & tourism, real estate, fintech, e-commerce and smart mobility & smart city sectors.

Benefit from the advantages we offer you as a long-standing Google Cloud Partner:

  • Sound advice: We offer support with the implementation and optimal use of the Google Maps Platform – fast, reliable, in German or English
  • Individual pricing: As a partner, we can offer you quotas and more favorable conditions or package prices, especially for larger volumes
  • Payment by invoice: You can use us to pay for your usage against an invoice. Then it is no longer necessary to link a credit card to Google.
  • Individual billing: For corporations we offer framework contracts with invoicing as required. On our invoices, the amounts are usually shown in euros, while direct billing by Google is in US dollars.

All information at a glance:

Services & Costs of Google Maps Platform

Costs & payment methods

Can I use Google Maps free of charge in my Android or iOS app?

The use of the map display with the Google Maps SDK for Android or the Google Maps SDK for iOS is free of charge as part of Google Maps Platform.

What happens if the free credit is not sufficient?

If the free credit limit of US$200 per month is not enough, you have the option to pay for further use on the basis of usage, billed either via a credit card, or, via Ubilabs, against an invoice. The Google Cloud Console lets you keep full control of your costs. Here you can set up quotas to suit your budget. 

We can provide you with a non-binding calculation and help you estimate the monthly costs - contact us via e-mail to 

Can I pay by invoice?

Es gibt zwei Wege, als Kunde die Google Maps Platform zu nutzen: Direkt über Google oder über einen Google Partner. Bei einer direkten Zusammenarbeit mit Google erfolgt die Abrechnung in Dollar und über eine Kreditkarte. Nutzen Sie die Google Maps Platform über Ubilabs als zertifizierten Google Partner, können Sie auch auf Rechnung bezahlen.

Alle Infos über Kosten und Abrechnungsmodalitäten finden Sie hier.

Technical Questions

How do I integrate the Google Maps Platform into my app or website?

Google Maps Platform continues to offer the same APIs, SDKs, and web services. The technical nature of the integration does not change: You create an API key in the Google Cloud Platform Console that lets you link a domain or app with your account.

What does "for development purposes only" mean?

The map is gray and you get the message “for development purposes only”? This means it's time to integrate an API key and/or create a billing account. These are two basic requirements for using Google Maps services. We will help you make the necessary transition.

Contact us at stating the domain in which you use Google Maps. We can help you create an API key. Take advantage of the opportunity to set up a billing account through us and benefit from numerous advantages.