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Google Pulls Places API for iOS from Maps SDK

Google today said it is putting the Google Places API for iOS 2.0 and the Google Maps SDK for iOS 2.0 into separate CocoaPods. The idea here is to reduce the app size for developers who need Places data, but not Maps data. Google says the change heralds big savings in app binaries.

Gnip's Audience API Moves out of Beta

Gnip's Audience API promises to let brands and marketers glean real-time, in-the-moment data about audiences that convalesce around topics, events, or other users. The idea is to give companies as much information as possible about those with whom they might want to engage.

Apple Embraces Extensions in macOS, iOS 10

At this year’s Apple World Wide Developers Conference, one of the underlying themes Apple introduced was the concept of extensions. The goal being to blur the boundaries between apps on the platform, through widgets, but more notably, allowing developers access to many of Apple’s applications.

Google Expands Android Pay APIs

Google recently improved its collection Android Pay APIs in a bid to boost adoption. Importantly, the APIs are now easier than ever to integrate into web sites and apps. Google says a few lines of code can add Android Pay as an option during checkout, giving consumers another avenue for paying.

Google Sheets and Slides Earn New APIs

Google has updated the APIs for Google Sheets and Google Slides, giving developers access to advanced tools such as image recognition, speech recognition, location and maps, and email and calendaring. Together with the Classroom API, enterprise developers have far more control over business apps.

Apple Warns Developers To Update Watch Apps

Change is coming to the Apple Watch app ecosystem and developers need to prepare. Apple suggested apps not compiled through the watchOS 2.0 SDK won't be available in the app store after June 1. The move comes ahead of Apple's annual WWDC developer event, implying watchOS news in on deck.