Sqlite on Android: How to create a sqlite dist db function - to be used in the app for distance calculation using lat, long
We are building an Android App that will use user's current location (lat, long) and show top 50 venues around the current location, sorted by distance.
We have these venues stored in an SQLite DB. We plan to ship with the sqlite DB with the app.
In order to fetch only the relevant top 50 closest venues, we want to define a db function DIST (to calculate distance between two points) and use it in our query.
How can I define a custom SQLite function for Android Apps? What will be the Java API call to do this?
We have successfully implemented this approach in our iPhone App - using Objective C.
Update: The answer is that you can not do this.
A workaround might be to fetch all records where one of the values (say, longitude) is close to the current location. If you use this column as an index then fetching these will be very fast.
Then, you have a much reduced subset to iterate over comparing the latitudes and doing your full distance calculations.
It can be done but you cannot load this into the database from the Java API. You will need to provide your own implementation of the sqlite library that is extended to provide the functions you wish at the C level. This is not fun but it works well. Be aware that you may have issues with Android devices using non-standard architectures.