Mobile messaging, a technology that is often associated with smartphones, is now being more broadly applied within the enterprise. Application of this technology is increasing in areas typically dominated by legacy instant messaging applications. One providers of such a service is HeyWire Business, which today launched a channel partner program designed to reward partners that leverage the company’s API.
HTML5 APIs help developers write mobile web applications that provide native application features. While this may suffice to a large extent for a certain class of applications, often it is found that there is a requirement to integrate one or more device (native) capabilities in these mobile web applications.
Multi-factor authentication platform provider LaunchKey has announced new API integrations for web and mobile applications. The LaunchKey platform improves privacy and security through decentralization of credentials from personal identification information. In addition to native apps, LaunchKey offers a central API, multiple SDKs and plugins that allow for cross-platform integration with mobile devices.
ProgrammableWeb first covered Ordr.in a little over a year ago as it released APIs during Hackfood the Hackathon. Since then, Ordr.in has made significant strides in its relationships with developers and partners. Two relationships Ordr.in announces this week include partnerships with Microsoft and Delivery.com.
Appy Pie, cloud based mobile apps builder, continues to add to its list of supported APIs. Its latest additions include some of the most prevalent names in image sharing: Facebook, Flickr, Pinterest, Picassa and Instagram. The image newcomers to the Appy Pie portfolio allow developers to share images in realtime with users.
The growth of APIs owes a lot of thanks to mobile. The reverse is also true, as APIs make possible much of what happens on mobile devices. Along the way, popular API segments have grown with mobile-specific offerings. Perhaps predictably, mobile payments is one of those areas of hyper growth. The most recent crop of mobile payment APIs focuses on specific platforms much of the time, either in addition to or instead of a more universal RESTful API.
Developer skills continue to be in short supply. This is increasing the demand amongst enterprise API providers to source developer teams that can build proprietary mobile apps for them. Businesses that have a commercial app idea – but not the technical skills – are also constantly looking for start date ready development companies to build their products for them. Mobile-Backend-as-a-Service (MBaaS) platform StackMob is hoping their Service Partner Program will be the matchmaker between business clients and development agencies. Vice President of Business Development at StackMob, Kumi Walker, spoke to ProgrammableWeb about the referral marketplace.
AvidMobile, mobile marketing solutions provider, gives developers two-way access to its mobile marketing platform through the AvidMobile API. The two-way approach to an API strategy allows AvidMobile users to better engage targets and track success. The API is available to build a custom app upon, or users can simply send and receive SMS messages from existing apps.
Businesses are taking advantage of the ubiquity of mobile devices and SMS. This tutorial describes how to send an SMS message to a phone with PHP using the Twilio API. Twilio provides numerous communications services, including the ability to make and receive phone calls through the browser, mobile or desktop, send and receive SMS and MMS messages, and handle short codes.
Building APIs not only requires discipline; ideally, the process also should be incorporated within the actual development process of the application. With that goal in mind, Zend, a provider of application development tools for building PHP applications, is promoting the adoption of a new open-source Apigility project that provides a standardized way to build and maintain multiple versions of an API.