Today in APIs: Google's Instant Buy API, Openmind's API for Mobile, and 6 New APIs

Greg Bates
May. 16 2013, 01:34PM EDT

Google Wallet Android API. Openmind creates a mobile communications platform API. Plus: Intuit revamps partner platform, Google Maps API in visual refresh, and 6 new APIs.

Google Launches Instant Buy API, and Sending Money via Gmail

The search engine giant announced at the  Google I/O this week that it is now offering its Instant Buy API with faster check out, secure payments and easy integration without any fees from Google. As Emil Protalinski at The Next Web notes, an instant app registration can be created through Google+ sign in. The API is

"...for merchants and developers who already have a payment processor but want to “simplify the checkout experience for their customers.” While Google already has Google Wallet API that works for mobile sites as well as Google Play In-app Billing for in-app purchases, now Google is inviting US developers to sign up for its Instant Buy Android API, which brings its payment service to native Android apps as well."

Devices using the Apps must have the latest version of Android, rolling out now. Over the next few months, Google will roll out the capability to send money directly via gmail--for those over 18.

Openmind Creates Mobile Communications Platform API

Openmind, which provides communication solutions to the telecom industry, has opened up its mobile platform for third-party apps. Complementing the developer Apps are native apps including the Tablet and Web Messaging App; Dinamotxt, a family-locator App; FamFinder and an enterprise focused communication App; Bugle.

As CEO Alex Duncan commented,

"At its core, Openmind's platform enables adaptability to a variety of users. The addition of the API offers software developers the ability to tap into telecoms functionality in a way that was impossible before, for example, creating a central cloud storage of messages for corporate users, or harnessing Text Messaging interactions between a sales force and its customers for a more complete view of outreach to customers. We offer VoIP capabilities, RCS, WebRTC, location sharing, billing etc allowing App developers to think and create new apps that before were only dreamt about. These Apps can be built on a solid, proven, telco-grade platform, allowing them to launch and scale Apps fast."

Powering over 1 billion messages a day, Openmind's platform is already used by mobile operators, inter-Carrier operators and IP telecom businesses. Openmind's API gives developers access to a Telco-grade, scalable, robust platform for the development of corporate and enterprise Apps.

API News You Shouldn't Miss

6 New APIs

Today we had 6 new APIs added to our API directory including an anime information database, a congressional word-use frequency and context reference service, a u.s. political contributions database, a state politics information service and a japanese image tweeting service. Below are more details on each of these new APIs.

AniDBAniDB API: AniDB (Anime DataBase) is an extensive database of information on Japanese animation that includes shows, movies, episodes, characters, and more. This database is freely available to the public, and all AniDB users are able to add or edit information. Users can also create and maintain a "MyList" to keep track of which anime they have and haven't seen before.

The AniDB API allows users to retrieve information from the database programmatically using REST, TCP, and UDP protocols.

Sunlight Foundation Capitol WordsSunlight Foundation Capitol Words API: The Sunlight Foundation is a non-partisan, non-profit group that uses technology to make the U.S. government more transparent and accountable.

Capitol Words is a tool for determining the frequency with which a given word is used in Congressional sessions over time. It provides relative frequency charts as well as the specific contexts in which the word was used. This provides a quick glimpse into what issues Congress is addressing on a daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly basis. The transcripts referenced by Capitol Words come from the website of the Government Printing Office and cover Congressional sessions from 1996 to the present.

Sunlight Foundation Influence ExplorerSunlight Foundation Influence Explorer API: The Sunlight Foundation is a non-partisan, non-profit group that uses technology to make the U.S. government more transparent and accountable.

Influence Explorer provides site visitors with extensive and detailed information on campaign contributions, lobbying reports, grants, and more. This data is available raw or in the form of charts, graphs, and Top 10 lists. The Influence Explorer API allows users to retrieve this information programmatically using REST calls.

Sunlight Foundation Open StatesSunlight Foundation Open States API: The Sunlight Foundation is a non-partisan, non-profit group that uses technology to make the U.S. government more transparent and accountable.

Open States provides public access to information on state-level politics for every state in the U.S. It helps users find their legislators, review their votes, search upcoming legislation, and track bill progress. This data can be accessed directly through the website or programmatically via REST API.

TwippleTwipple API: Twipple is a Japanese application for posting and collecting cute images on Twitter. Users can log on to the Twipple website using their Twitter accounts. Twipple provides a RESTful API that can be used to get a thumbnail of a posted image or to upload images for posting.

Although the Twipple API documentation is given in both Japanese and English, the website is given entirely in Japanese. Most of the website's text is incorporated into images, making it difficult to translate using software like Google Translate, so Japanese-language proficiency is recommended for potential users.

WhateverWebWhateverWeb API: WhateverWeb is a mobile application development service that provides users with a toolkit for developing mobile centered applications. The service provides image processing, CSS processing, device detection, Git publishing, and other services. The WhateverWeb API is a component of the device detection service and allows users to fix server side issues or access device information. An account is required with service, and the basic sandboxed version is free.

Greg Bates A writer for Programmableweb since 2012, Greg is a freelance writer and a maniacal editor of dissertations and term papers. - Follow me on Google+

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