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Intents List: Invoking Google Applications on Android Devices

The table below lists the intents that your application can send, to invoke Google applications on Android devices in certain ways. For each action/uri pair, the table describes how the receiving Google application handles the intent.

Note that this list is not comprehensive.

Target Application Intent URI Intent Action Result
Browser http://web_address
VIEW Open a browser window to the URL specified.
"" (empty string)
WEB_SEARCH Opens the file at the location on the device in the browser.
Dialer tel: phone_number CALL

Calls the entered phone number. Valid telephone numbers as defined in the IETF RFC 3966 are accepted. Valid examples include the following:

  • tel:2125551212
  • tel: (212) 555 1212

The dialer is good at normalizing some kinds of schemes: for example telephone numbers, so the schema described isn't strictly required in the Uri(URI string) factory. However, if you have not tried a schema or are unsure whether it can be handled, use the Uri.fromParts(scheme, ssp, fragment) factory instead.

Note:   This requires your application to request the following permission in your manifest: <uses-permission id="android.permission.CALL_PHONE" />



Dials (but does not actually initiate the call) the number given (or the stored voicemail on the phone). Telephone number normalization described for CALL applies to DIAL as well.

Google Maps geo:latitude,longitude
VIEW Opens the Maps application to the given location or query. The Geo URI scheme (not fully supported) is currently under development.

The z field specifies the zoom level. A zoom level of 1 shows the whole Earth, centered at the given lat,lng. A zoom level of 2 shows a quarter of the Earth, and so on. The highest zoom level is 23. A larger zoom level will be clamped to 23.

Google Streetview google.streetview:cbll=lat,lng&cbp=1,yaw,,pitch,zoom&mz=mapZoom VIEW Opens the Street View application to the given location. The URI scheme is based on the syntax used for Street View panorama information in Google Maps URLs.

The cbll field is required. The cbp and mz fields are optional.

yawPanorama center-of-view in degrees clockwise from North.
Note: The two commas after the yaw parameter are required. They are present for backwards-compatibility reasons.
pitchPanorama center-of-view in degrees from -90 (look straight up) to 90 (look straight down.)
zoomPanorama zoom. 1.0 = normal zoom, 2.0 = zoomed in 2x, 3.0 = zoomed in 4x, and so on.
A zoom of 1.0 is 90 degree horizontal FOV for a nominal landscape mode 4 x 3 aspect ratio display Android phones in portrait mode will adjust the zoom so that the vertical FOV is approximately the same as the landscape vertical FOV. This means that the horizontal FOV of an Android phone in portrait mode is much narrower than in landscape mode. This is done to minimize the fisheye lens effect that would be present if a 90 degree horizontal FOV was used in portrait mode.
mapZoomThe map zoom of the map location associated with this panorama. This value is passed on to the Maps activity when the Street View "Go to Maps" menu item is chosen. It corresponds to the z parameter in the geo: intent.