Today Mapbox Navigation SDK v2.9 is launching across Android and iOS. The Drop-In UI is a ready-to-use navigation layout that provides all the primary navigation components across a workflow just by using a few lines of code instead of having to start from a blank slate. In addition, Drop-in UI offers customization options enabling you to create an application that is reflective of your unique brand.
Prior to the Drop-In UI, our developers were manually developing the entire end-to-end application–composing individual navigation UI components, observing modifications to data changes using core components, and managing state transitions. With this release, managing these items becomes much simpler and quicker, giving you the freedom to focus on improving the components of your core business application instead of building out the navigation experience. For advanced users, the option to build a navigation experience from individual components remains available.
Building a navigation experience using a few lines of code is one of the most requested features from our customers. With the new `NavigationView` class, you can drop a custom view in your layout and get a fully working navigation system out-of-the-box.
- Customize default Mapbox UI components - Leverage default visualizations or bring your unique branding
- Inject custom views into Drop-In UI - Integrate tailored application experiences and services that meet the needs of your customers
- Access Mapbox MapView or inject your own - Add view annotations and make changes to styles at runtime and perform other map related operations
With the release of v2.9, Mapbox has added the Drop-In UI capability for Android that has already been available on the iOS SDK. Users of Drop-In UI now have increased functionality with the introduction of preview mode for destinations and routes and an experience that maps visually between free-drive and active navigation sessions.
The Drop-In UI supports landscape and portrait modes on smartphones and is also functional for large-screen devices, such as tablets and in-car experiences.
“The initial feedback from the beta testers was simply outstanding. Everyone is very eager and pleased with the navigation improvements. Our truck fleet is very happy that we are working toward a complete truck routing and navigation solution.” - AB Courier
"We are building using Drop-In UI, and as we accumulate more knowledge on individual UI components and requirements of changing UI layouts coming up, we will use more standalone components." - Nvidia
Drop-In UI has demonstrated ability for accelerated migrations as well as provide our customers the ability to rapidly develop new applications from the ground up. AB Courier deployed their new application into production and expedited the enhanced app functionality and experience to their entire fleet. In addition, Nvidia uses the Drop-In UI and showcased their build at the recent GPU Technology Conference (GTC 2022).
Get started today with Mapbox Drop-In UI with the latest version of the Mapbox Navigation SDK. For customers who need a faster and more efficient time to market by reducing the amount of software development work required, this is a perfect opportunity to get started with the platform. Whether you are building for Android or iOS, Mapbox has you covered. Check out our documentation to learn more and download the Nav SDK today.