The list of available APIs that developers have access to grows by the day, and we are now firmly in the API economy. An Application Programming Interface (API) is a set of rules as well as specifications that developers can follow to communicate with each other.
APIs have been rightly called the “fossil fuel of the next generation”, is a set of instructions or code that allows various mobile applications to interface and interact with each other.
APIs help people integrate their experience in real life with mobile apps, especially in the age of social.APIs aid newer engagement models to come forward, and social largely owes its success to emergencies of such intuitive APIs.
The Place API provides detailed information about 100 million places across a wide variety of categories, by utilizing the same database as Google Maps and Google+.
The Gmail API
The Gmail API is a restful API that can be used to access Gmail mailboxes and send an email. For web applications and mobile apps as well, the Gmail API is indeed the best choice for allowing authorized access to a user’s Gmail data/info.
Google Drive API
Now that Drive is a part of Android, it is now very easy to integrate Drive services into a mobile application. The Google Drive Rest API allows you to create web apps in order to access files stored in Google Drive.
Google Calendar API
With the Calendar API, it is possible to display, create as well as modify calendar events. At the same time, it is possible to work with many calendar-related objects, such as calendars or access controls.
Civic Information API
The Google Civic Information API allows developers to build applications that display civic information to their users. Users can look up those who represent their address at each elected level of government for any U.S, residential address. They can also look up information about polling stations, early vote locations, candidate data, as well as other official election information.
With the Google Fit REST API, developers are able to store as well as access user data in the Google fitness store from any platform.
With Google Analytics, it is possible to set up and customize tracking data for your website or web app. It is also possible to set up customized tracking for mobile apps as well as any internet connected devices. You can analyze your data collecting and configure it so that it can reach the right audience.
YouTube Data API
With the YouTube Data API, it is possible to add YouTube functionality to your app. This includes a variety of YouTube features such as uploading videos, managing playlists and subscriptions, updating channel settings, and more.
With this Weather API, it is possible to access current weather data for any location on Earth and that includes over 200,000 cities. Over 40,000 weather stations contribute to frequently updating the current weather based on global models. This data is available in JSON/XML/HTML format.
Foursquare is a company that provides a ‘local search and discovery service’ mobile app. The Foursquare APIs (V2), grants access to the company’s database of locations as well as venue check-ins. The various APIs are the Real Time API, Core API, Merchant Platform, and the Venues Platform. The APIs are RESTful supporting XML, JSON, and JSONP.
The Flickr API provides developers with the ability to utilize this brilliant online photo management and sharing service. With this API, it is possible to view, manipulate, and use various features related to Flickr.
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Ali Khan is an Independent Tech Journalist with a core focus on Emerging Technologies, Software Development, Decentralized Apps & User Experience Design. Ali Khan follows the App Development industry very closely, and on a day-to-day basis; conducting both primary and secondary Research that involves:
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