This part of the 2014 mobile API year in review looks at Google's highlights including YouTube on Android, improvements to the Google Maps APIs, a foray into health data and more.
At GlueCon 2014, John Musser presents the 10 most common mistakes made by API providers that keep their API from being great. Along with the mistakes including issues such as bad developer experience, poor/inconsistent API design, and unreliable services, he provided his solutions.
So long as your name isn’t Microsoft, YouTube wants to make it easier for you to develop apps that integrate YouTube videos. On Friday, YouTube significantly increased the allowable quota for its Data API. The move comes one week after the video service blocked Microsoft from relaunching its Windows Phone YouTube app.
Youtube has chosen Gengo and Translated.net for professional/human translation of video captions. Users can access the services from their Youtube accounts, and then work directly with the services from there.
Wacku has launched a non-profit open API in the broadcast media space: OpenMedia.io. The OpenMedia.io platform collects video and other media from human and machine-readable sources. In turn, the API updates users when need additions or changes have been made to the library. Currently most of its sources include YouTube videos, Podcasts, Web-TV series, and some movies. The OpenMedia.io team has invited the major broadcasters and studios to participate in its open project to no avail.
Gnip, never ceasing to expand access to social media data, has launched its YouTube Comments API. With the new API, Gnip hopes to offer more value to social media managers with regards to insight-rich comments that often prove difficult to harness as comments continue far after a YouTube post. Gnip includes the API as part of its famed Enterprise Data Collector.
The Google Maps API is listed as the most popular API in the ProgrammableWeb API directory. Because of its ease of use, plus the infinite possibilities for hacking together mashups, has made it the most popular API by far, way beyond the Twitter API and Youtube API.
In our writeup on Seevl, we mentioned that using the Seevl API to add context to Youtube videos would be ideal. Well, apparently, it was thinking along exactly those same lines. I talked briefly with Alexandre Passant, who is one of the main people at Seevl, and we talked about the company's new mashup, and its future plans for the API.
The most popular API, in terms of mashup count, is far and away the Google Maps API, which accounts for 41% of all mashups. But when it comes to the most popular pair of APIs, Flickr and YouTube mashups are the most common. Not to be outdone, Google Maps joins Flickr in a near second place.