Google Maps Family Gets a New Home

Adam DuVander
Mar. 16 2012, 02:07PM EDT

Google continues to bring new APIs into its new developer site. The most recent addition is the Google Maps API, the company's popular platform for all things location, mobile and local.

Though the flagship mapping API is given high visibility, the site contains information on the search giant's complete suite of geographic APIs, including the Google Earth API and Google Places API.

Also prominently included is a link to a complete run-down on licensing, pricing and terms. The Google Maps pricing was announced in October and only affects sites that use more than 25,000 views per day or have other needs such as using the service behind a pay wall.

As a whole, the Google Developers site appears to be looking beyond simply the experienced developer audience. The site has how-tos for novices and information for business decision-makers. Also, the site is organized by solutions more-so than technology. For example, there is a commerce section that brings together shopping and payment APIs like Google Checkout API and Google Shopping Content API.

By moving its 13 Google Maps API to the developer site, Google is making clear that it's serious about the future home of all its APIs. By addressing the different potential audiences, the company is also expanding its already distant reach.

Adam DuVander Hi! I'm Developer Communications Director for SendGrid and former Executive Editor of ProgrammableWeb. I currently serve as a Contributing Editor. If you have API news, or are interested in writing for ProgrammableWeb, please contact editor@programmableweb.com Though I'm a fan of anything API-related, my particular interest is in mapping. I've published a how-to book, Map Scripting 101, to get anyone started making maps on websites. In a not-so-distant past life I wrote for Wired and Webmonkey.

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Pete

I've built some location-based saas apps on top of their services and one of the biggest limitations to watch out for is route optimization. Say you want to find the most efficient directions for a route with multiple stops.
Using google maps API you get a maximum of 8 stops in the free license and 13 stops in the $10K license, which means if youre building an app for a trucker who makes 20+ stops a day then you have a choice of writing your own optimization (not fun) or integrating yet another party into the app