Getting the Distance between Locations using Google Maps API

Modifying my post on drawing directions in a MapView using Google's API, I have come up with a solution to get the distance between two locations. Considering the same example I modified getDirections() to the method given below which returns distance as a string in kms(or meters).
	public String getDistance(double lat1, double lon1, double lat2, double lon2) {
		String result_in_kms = "";
		String url = "" + lat1 + "," + lon1 + "&destination=" + lat2 + "," + lon2 + "&sensor=false&units=metric";
		String tag[] = {"text"};
		HttpResponse response = null;
		try {
			HttpClient httpClient = new DefaultHttpClient();
			HttpContext localContext = new BasicHttpContext();
			HttpPost httpPost = new HttpPost(url);
			response = httpClient.execute(httpPost, localContext);
			InputStream is = response.getEntity().getContent();
			DocumentBuilder builder = DocumentBuilderFactory.newInstance().newDocumentBuilder();
			Document doc = builder.parse(is);
			if (doc != null) {
				NodeList nl;
				ArrayList args = new ArrayList();
				for (String s : tag) {
					nl = doc.getElementsByTagName(s);
					if (nl.getLength() > 0) {
						Node node = nl.item(nl.getLength() - 1);
					} else {
						args.add(" - ");
				result_in_kms = String.format("%s", args.get(0));
		} catch (Exception e) {
		return result_in_kms;

By default the travel mode is set as driving; other modes are walking and bicycling. For instance to change mode we just need to append &mode=driving to to URL.

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