There has been a lot of buzz in recent months about “Google Glass,” a wearable computer with a head-mounted display that is currently in development by Google as part of “Project Glass.” The general public’s reception of Google Glass has been mixed, with some eagerly awaiting it’s arrival and others hating the very idea of it’s existence.
ProgrammableWeb now tracks over 100 Google APIs. The search giant has always been developer-focused. By mid-2006, way early in the API timeline, Google already had 10 APIs. We’ll look at where they are now and reflect on how amazing it is that eight of those 10 are still around. And there’s an irony to the two that are no longer available.
This past week 6 new mashups were added to our mashup directory and 20 different APIs were used to build them. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include Baidu, dlvr.it, Google Closure Compiler and Sina Weibo. The most often used APIs this week are Google Maps, Twitter and YouTube. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Mapping (4 APIs, 6 mashups), Social (4 APIs, 6 mashups) and Music (3 APIs, 3 mashups). The list below shows which APIs were used by which mashups:
Digium phone App engine. Workshare extends secure file sharing to developers. Plus: B2N Open-Sources Data APIs, Cardflight makes accepting mobile payments easier, and 12 new APIs.
Another API Management Vendor, Layer 7 is bought by CA Technologies. Mobile Messaging Platform Spotbros extends the reach of its platform by launching API. Plus: Why Developers are turning to API services and 20 new APIs.
Gyft opened its doors in 2012 with a focus on transforming plastic gift cards into their much more convenient–and transferable–digital equivalents. Now, it’s turned its attention to the gaming industry that rewards players with points, rewards, credits and coins. But when players want to cash out, gamers and others need to avoid high transaction costs, as CEO Vinny Lingham told Sarah Perez of Techcrunch.
The Facebook Platform for Mobile makes a push to help developers write better social apps. Hello Social aims to simplify Social Media Marketing campaigns. Plus: First Cleanweb Hackathon in the Pacific Northwest and 7 new APIs.
In a world that is currently dominated by Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google has taken the next steps to announce itself as a solid alternative to AWS. The Google Compute Engine (GCE), an Infrastructure-as-a-Service product that allows running Virtual Linux Servers at Google scale was announced in June of last year and was available by invite only. The gates have been thrown open a little bit with Google announcing its expanded availability, price cuts and newer features.
Google announced the Google Drive Realtime API. Postmaster released a beta version of its Postmaster API. Plus: Ex-Shopwell exec positions Yummly for top foodie spot with versatile API and PayZang introduces its innovative Payment API for merchant accounts and payment processing.