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This article explains how to use search services provided with Maps API for Java ME API.

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Dependencies: Maps API for Java ME
Keywords: Nokia Maps, Java ME, search
Created: symbianyucca (28 Feb 2012)
Last edited: jasfox (20 Sep 2013)
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The Maps API for Java ME makes it easy to embed the Nokia Maps service into Java ME applications. This API also includes search service, with which you can search places.

SearchFactory and PlaceSearchRequestListener

Similarly to Geo services, the search service is handled with the SearchFactory class, and as with other services there are methods for synchronous as well as for asynchronous use of the search service. With asynchronous search, results are given back with methods defined with PlaceSearchRequestListener interface.

And if the we want the search to be handled asynchronously, then the required PlaceSearchRequestListener interface needs to be implemented in the search class (or the class taking care of the results), this interface defines the following 2 methods:

  • onRequestComplete(PlaceSearchRequest request, Place[] result)
  • onRequestError(PlaceSearchRequest request, java.lang.Throwable error)

And to include this interface in your midlet implementation you need to use the implements clause. Basic code that handles this is shown below:

public class MapSearchClass extends MIDlet 
implements PlaceSearchRequestListener, …
public void onRequestComplete(PlaceSearchRequest request, Place[] result) {
public void onRequestError(PlaceSearchRequest request, java.lang.Throwable error) {

Starting the query

Before the service can be used you need to get the SearchFactory instance, which is implements the service; this is handled by simply calling the getInstance() method from SearchFactory:

sm = SearchFactory.getInstance();

Then you need to construct the actual search request by calling the createPlaceSearchRequest() method from the search factory. Then the actual search can be started by calling methods implemented in the PlaceSearchRequest(). Note that since we implemented the PlaceSearchRequestListener in the midlet, we can give this as a third argument for asynchronous search requests.

GeoCoordinate topLeft = mapCanvas.getMapDisplay().pixelToGeo(new Point(0,0));
GeoCoordinate btRight = mapCanvas.getMapDisplay().pixelToGeo(new Point(mapCanvas.getMapDisplay().getWidth(),mapCanvas.getMapDisplay().getHeight()));
GeoBoundingBox bboxx = new GeoBoundingBox(topLeft,btRight);
PlaceSearchRequest Pls = sm.createPlaceSearchRequest();, bboxx,this);

Handling the result

Successful completion of the asynchronous search will be reported by calling the onRequestComplete() method implemented for the PlaceSearchRequestListener interface. The onRequestComplete() method will be called with a PlaceSearchRequest as the first argument, as well as an array of Places as the second argument, the resultant Places can then be retrieved directly from the array.

public void onRequestComplete(PlaceSearchRequest request, Place[] result){	
for(int i = 0; i < result.length; i++){
Place firstPlace = result[i];
Location[] locArr = firstPlace.getLocations();

The query could also be finished with error, and to handle those you must also implement the onRequestError() method, in this example this method simply informs the user of the possible problem.

public void onRequestError(PlaceSearchRequest request, java.lang.Throwable error) {
Alert alertView = new Alert("Search request error: " + error.getMessage());


Full source code of the Search and Places search is available at: File:Java


The Java ME Location API offers rich functionalities which make it possible to integrate all the main Ovi Maps features in a Java ME application, with just a few lines of code.

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