I have an old java android project with simple using of google map for allocating some store locations . the map fragment stopped working on new android version showing blank page while working on older versions like android 9 or older ..
I tried to activate the Google Map API from Google Cloud it says that I need to purchase the service does it no longer available for free ? and if so is there any way of activating it with out baying the service? any help appreciated thanks ..
Google Maps Platform is now has a pay-as-you-go billing model which means that you are charged for how many requests/map loads you make. https://developers.google.com/maps/billing-and-pricing/billing
You will need to set up billing: https://support.google.com/googleapi/answer/6158867?hl=en
Once you've done that you can create or connect a project to the billing account: https://developers.google.com/maps/get-started#quickstart
You can then create an API key using the steps in the link above.
You will have $200 of maps monthly credits each and every month to use before you are charged: https://developers.google.com/maps/billing-and-pricing/billing#monthly-credit
Please take a look at the pricing of the SKUs here: https://developers.google.com/maps/billing-and-pricing/pricing
You can optimise your usage, set budget alerts or set daily caps on your APIs, check this optimization guide out: https://developers.google.com/maps/optimization-guide
Don't forget to secure your API keys too: https://developers.google.com/maps/api-security-best-practices
So, you can set daily quota limits so that you can't go over the $200 maps monthly credits and then you won't be charged for the usage, it will instead return errors.