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How to interpret getScale() result

Question asked by Tschuleiah on Jul 2, 2016
Latest reply on Jul 7, 2016 by Tschuleiah

A fraction representation of scale (e.g. 1:500000) on a paper map can be interpreted as: 1cm on the paper represents 500000cm (5km) in reality. Given that the measurement unit of Android (or any digital screen) is pixel, the interpretation 1 pixel on the screen represents 500000 pixels in reality doesn't make much sense obviously.
So my question is, does this method take pixel the density of the device's screen into account and therefore converts it into valid distance measurements? Or how is this method implemented?

 

Thank you very much for your help!

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