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.
Twilio, a leading voice and SMS communications company, has announced that the company has joined the Google Cloud Platform Partner Program and has integrated the Twilio API into the Google App Engine.
BlockAvenue, location-based analytics company, has announced the release of its first BlockAvenue API. The API gives developers access to BlockAvenue’s data (e.g. BlockScores, block reviews, neighborhood reviews, counts, etc.). BlockAvenue provides geolocation data on most neighborhoods across the US, often down to the block level. Its database grows everyday and BlockAvenue expects the API to push BlockAvenue towards its ultimate goal.
Google has announced the release of a new version of the AdWords API (v201302) which includes many new features. Google has also announced that the next global AdWords API Workshop series will take place in March and April of this year.
Google has just announced the introduction of the Google Plus Sign-In, a new feature of the Google Plus platform that allows developers using the Google Plus API to add a secure sign-in to their web and mobile applications.
The App Engine team announced a new release 1.7.5 that is packed with major features that have been previewed over the last year. The focus is squarely on getting the most out of your App Engine applications by doubling the amount of RAM for certain App Engine instance types, making it easier to expose your App Engine functionality to mobile clients, experimental support for new Java 7 language features and a Eclipse plugin update.
Google APIs is working on fine tuning the JSON API to Google Storage. It is currently in limited preview. The current API is in XML. Google Cloud Storage provides a REST API, command line tool, and online browser to create, share, and manage your data. You can also use Interoperable API access.
Google has just announced that the company is looking for developers interested in building applications for Google Drive. A small group of developers will be selected by Google to participate in the Google Drive SDK early access program and will be given access to Google Drive API features currently in development (pre-release phase).
The Google Compute Engine API is one of the latest from a very pedigreed stable of APIs – Google APIs.The Google Compute Engine API operations map directly to REST HTTP verbs and returns data in JSON format.