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Google Landmarks on a Bing Map for Windows Phone

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This article demonstrates how to plot a Google landmark on Bing Map on Windows Phone.

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Code ExampleTested with
Devices(s): Nokia Lumia 820, Lumia 920
Keywords: GeoCoordinateWatcher,
Created: somnathbanik (21st December, 20111221)
Last edited: hamishwillee (17 Jul 2013)



This example uses Google Places API to get landmark information that we then plot on a Bing Map. When pressed, the Pushpins display a popup with the landmark information and the distance of the landmark from user’s location.


First we need to have a Bing Map account from Bing Maps Account Center with a Windows Live ID. Once the account is being created, get the KEY from the account to use in our application.


Lets create a WP7 project using Windows Phone Application template. We have created a list of landmark category on MainPage.xaml using WP7 ListBox control. When user clicks on any of the list item, the Menu_SelectionChanged event handler is called in MainPage.xaml.cs class.

When the Map loads, first we check the ability to provide location update with GeoCoordinateWatcher:: StatusChanged event and then check the user position changed with GeoCoordinateWatcher:: PositionChanged.

void myStatusChanged(GeoPositionStatusChangedEventArgs e)
switch (e.Status)
case GeoPositionStatus.Disabled:
progressBar.IsIndeterminate = false;
progressBar.Visibility = Visibility.Collapsed;
MessageBox.Show("location is unsupported on this device");
case GeoPositionStatus.Initializing:
case GeoPositionStatus.NoData:
progressBar.IsIndeterminate = false;
progressBar.Visibility = Visibility.Collapsed;
MessageBox.Show("data unavailable");
case GeoPositionStatus.Ready:
}//end of funt
void myPositionChanged(GeoPositionChangedEventArgs<GeoCoordinate> e)
latitude = e.Position.Location.Latitude;
longitude = e.Position.Location.Longitude;
}//end of funt

The LoadLandMarkList() method download and parse the XML data from Google Places API. Where we get name, address, latitude and longitude of each landmark. To access the Google Places API please get the key from here and replace <Your Google API Key> with the key in the below code.

void LoadLandMarkList()
string url = "" + latitude + "," + longitude + "&radius=1000&name=" + LandMarkName + "&sensor=false&key=<Your Google API Key>";
WebClient xmlClient = new WebClient();
xmlClient.DownloadStringCompleted += new DownloadStringCompletedEventHandler(LoadLandMarkList_Completed);
xmlClient.DownloadStringAsync(new Uri(url, UriKind.RelativeOrAbsolute));
}//end of funct
void LoadLandMarkList_Completed(object sender, DownloadStringCompletedEventArgs e)
if (e.Error == null)
LandMarkCount = 0;
XElement xmlDataStill = XElement.Parse(e.Result);
foreach (var item in xmlDataStill.Descendants("result"))
string name = (string)item.Element("name").Value;
string address = (string)item.Element("vicinity").Value;
string latitude = (string)item.Element("geometry").Element("location").Element("lat").Value;
string longitude = (string)item.Element("geometry").Element("location").Element("lng").Value;
LandMarkPositionArray.SetValue(new RssLandMark() { name = name, address = address, longitude = longitude, latitude = latitude }, LandMarkCount);
if (LandMarkCount > 0)
MessageBox.Show("There is no information available for your location");
progressBar.IsIndeterminate = false;
progressBar.Visibility = Visibility.Collapsed;
}//end of funt

Once we get the landmarks data, we then count the total number of landmark and plot Pushpin on Bing Map for each landmark.

for (int i = 0; i < LandMarkCount; i++)
RssLandMark st = LandMarkPositionArray.GetValue(i) as RssLandMark;
Pushpin landMark = new Pushpin();
landMark.Location = new GeoCoordinate(Convert.ToDouble(st.latitude), Convert.ToDouble(st.longitude));
if ( > 8)
LandMarkTitle =, 8) + "..";
landMark.Foreground = new SolidColorBrush(Colors.Black);
landMark.Background = new SolidColorBrush(Colors.Orange);
landMark.Content = LandMarkTitle;
landMark.FontSize = 21;
landMark.Opacity = .9;
landMark.Tag = i + "";
landMark.Tap += new EventHandler<System.Windows.Input.GestureEventArgs>(showandMarkDetails_Completed);

When users clicks on any of the Pushpin we call EventHandler to display a message with the landmark address and distance of the landmark from user’s location.

   void showandMarkDetails_Completed(object sender, System.Windows.Input.GestureEventArgs e)
int id = Convert.ToInt32((sender as Pushpin).Tag);
RssLandMark st = LandMarkPositionArray.GetValue(id) as RssLandMark;
title_txt.Text =;
address_txt.Text = st.address;
dist_txt.Text = "You are around " + calcutaleDistance(latitude, longitude, Convert.ToDouble(st.latitude), Convert.ToDouble(st.longitude)) + " away";
popup.Visibility = Visibility.Visible;
bg.Visibility = Visibility.Visible;
}//end of funt

The calcutaleDistance() method is called to calculate the distance between landmark and user’s location.

public static string calcutaleDistance(double ulat, double ulon, double lat, double lon)
var sCoord = new GeoCoordinate(ulat, ulon);
var eCoord = new GeoCoordinate(lat, lon);
var R = 6371;
double lat1 = (sCoord.Latitude) / 180 * Math.PI;
double lat2 = (eCoord.Latitude) / 180 * Math.PI;
double lng1 = (sCoord.Longitude) / 180 * Math.PI;
double lng2 = (eCoord.Longitude) / 180 * Math.PI;
double dlng = lng2 - lng1;
double dlat = lat2 - lat1;
var a = Math.Pow(Math.Sin(dlat / 2), 2) + Math.Cos(lat1) *
Math.Cos(lat2) * Math.Pow(Math.Sin(dlng / 2), 2);
var c = 2 * Math.Asin(Math.Min(1, Math.Sqrt(a)));
var d = R * c;
return (String.Format("{0:0.00}", d) + " km");
}//end of funt

We have also added an application bar to change the Bing Map view mode.

private void ApplicationBarIconButton_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
// TODO : Change map view mode.
if (map1.Mode is AerialMode)
map1.Mode = new RoadMode();
map1.Mode = new AerialMode(true);
}//end of funt


This is a basic Bing Map operation, there are huge resources on Bing Map in MSDN. I found one here. But this article shows how simple and flexible to operate Bing Map Controls.

Source Code

The full source code of the example is available here:

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