November 29, 2005
Google has just announced the addition of a valuable new feature for the Google Maps API (the most popular API in our API directory): reverse geocoding. If you are not familiar with geocoding, it is the process of converting an address into a latitude/longitude pair. Likewise, reverse geocoding is the process of converting a latitude/longitude pair into an address. Developers using the Google Maps API have had access to geocoding since its release in June 2006, and geocoding has been integrated with many of the map mashups developed with this API.
Web and iPhone maps provider CloudMade can add a few more platforms to that list. Today it acquired German geospatial company One Step Ahead to incorporate Android, MeeGo and other mobile platforms to its suite of developer tools. CloudMade will also incorporate One Step Ahead's offline/online map technology, which passes a few map updates at a time.
Earlier this month I eulogized the Yahoo Maps API. It was launched the same week as the Google Maps API and for some time was often mentioned at the same time. The Yahoo Maps API, it appeared, was to be disconnected by now, but it appears the company is going to wait a bit longer.