Google has made several announcements about APIs recently, including the launch of the Content Experiments API, the launch of the new Cloud SQL API, and the availability of the CalDAV and CardDAV APIs to the public.
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.
Valet, car locator app for Android, has expanded beyond a handy reminder of where you parked your car. Valet was quick to jump on Google’s recent release of location APIs and expand its functionality. Before the latest location APIs, a Valet user would need to manually start a timer and notify the app when parked so the app could drop a pin. With the locations APIs now integrated, the entire process becomes automated which eliminates the possibility of forgetting to set your app.
The Google Mirror API allows you to build web-based services, called Glassware, that interact with Google Glass. It provides this functionality over a cloud-based API and does not require running code on Glass. We announced the Mirror API here.
The Google Mirror API documentation is now open on Google Developers .
Last month Google announced it was killing off several products, perhaps most notably Google Reader. Caught in the mix, and perhaps somewhat under the radar, was also notice of the deprecation of their shopping search API.
What do Angry Birds, car sharing, the game Ruzzle, and Khan Academy all have in common? They’ve boosted their operations as clients of the Google App Engine. Apps are implemented using Python, with Java as a second language, making AJAX web applications feasible.
Earlier this year, Google informed the world of its API go to market strategy surrounding Project Glass. Google has initiated its strategy with a private beta for the API, as well as an API name: Google Mirror API. The Mirror API, now in beta, will allow developers to create experiences for Google Glass. Google gave a live demonstration and overview of Project Glass and the Mirror API at SXSW.
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.