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android – Where do I find the Google Play Services attribution text?

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Google Maps documentation says that one has to include the Google Play Services attribution text as part of a “Legal Notices”. The attribution text is available by making a call to GooglePlayServicesUtil.getOpenSourceSoftwareLicenseInfo. But GooglePlayServicesUtil is not available until Android 2.2. My app is designed for 2.0, so what is this text and where do I get it?

How to&Answers:

This is what a

Log.d("DEBUG", GooglePlayServicesUtil.getOpenSourceSoftwareLicenseInfo(this));

reveals (Feb 2013 – this may have changed meanwhile! See the first comment):

This product includes software from the The Android Open Source
Project Copyright (c) 2005-2008, The Android Open Source Project
Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the “License”); you
may not use this file except in compliance with the License. Unless
required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software
distributed under the License is distributed on an “AS IS” BASIS,
implied. See the License for the specific language governing
permissions and limitations under the License.
Apache License
Version 2.0, January 2004

And then the Apache License Version 2.0 follows.

Edit Jan 3 2016: GooglePlayServicesUtil.getOpenSourceSoftwareLicenseInfo(Context) is now deprecated.

Use GoogleApiAvailability.getInstance().getOpenSourceSoftwareLicenseInfo(Context); instead.

Edit Oct 31 ’17
As donfuxx said its no longer need to be shown in app. Google doc


Where can I find the attribution information?

You can find the attribution in the line(s) shown on the bottom of the Content in the
products along with copyright notices, such as “Map data ©2012 Google, Sanborn”. Note
that the exact text of the attribution changes based on geography and content type. The
attribution text must be legible to the average viewer or reader

Taken from: http://www.google.com/permissions/geoguidelines/attr-guide.html

Here is a page with more general info, along with a Permissions Tool you can use if your use-case is more complex.

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