Where is the best place to put buttons on a phone application where everything is based around a google map which is always displayed, for commonly used functions such as search? ie:
top, left, bottom, right, middle??
: and why?
Since search is probably the most used function in a map application, I would follow what Google and Apple have done in their map applications - placing it at the very top.
In both these applications, the search bar (and any buttons connected to the search function, such as directions) are placed at the top. Any other buttons are placed at the bottom.
The application from Google only has two buttons, and the menu button will open a drawer menu containing the available menu options.
So this really depends on what purpose each button you wish to place is.