Amazon Web Services (AWS), the leading infrastructure as a service platform is now making it easier for its core platform services to be available directly for use in mobile applications. It has wrapped its Storage, Database and Messaging APIs into easy to use Mobile SDKs for Apple iOS and Google Android platforms, so that mobile developers can easily integrate and invoke those services directly from their applications.
The API growth rate continues to double. In 2011, there were 2,031 APIs added to our API directory. Big companies added APIs, including the three major credit card companies in the US. But the biggest story was the continued social API growth. There are also some surprises in this year's list of the most popular API categories and a big upset as for the first time Google Maps API was not the most popular API.