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As announced earlier this year, Google officially retired the Hangouts API. As Hangouts is repositioned for enterprise use, the need for some of the social, consumer focused video features of the API are no longer a priority. Accordingly, the end of the API was first announced and now realized.
Apple recently announced a new API that allows third party websites and apps to embed Live Photos. Live Photos has been around since 2015; however, embedding Live Photos outside of a Mac or iOS environment has been somewhat challenging to date. The Live Photos API should alleviate that difficulty.
Kaltura has released a new version of its Mobile Video Player SDK for Android and iOS that is leaner and loads faster than the previous version (2.0) Developers can use the Kaltura Mobile Video Player SDK to embed the Kaltura Mobile Video Player into Android and iOS applications.
Twenty-Four APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in categories including eCommerce, Air Travel, Security, and Accounting. One highlight today is an API from Google that can recognize and identify objects in video frames. Here's a rundown of the latest additions.
Twitter has announced that the company is unifying its API platform so that it’s hopefully easier for developer to build scalable Twitter-powered applications and is opening access to several new Direct Message APIs. A new beta Account Activity API and several new endpoints are available today.
Twenty-two APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in categories including Genetics, Education, Passwords, Identity, Video, and Music. One highlight today is the IEX Trading API for creating stock trading applications. Here's a rundown of the latest additions for developers.
HelpSocial has released a new Open API that features enhancements for improved performance, scalability, and security. The Open API provides access to all capabilities of the platform such as streaming content from across social networks and replying to social and messaging comments.
Twitter announced the Periscope Producer API, which will give third-party apps the ability to authenticate Periscope accounts and let people push live video from just about anywhere. The idea is to make it easier to share video from just about any device and reduce pain points for end users.
Recent reports indicate that Twitter will make significant announcements next week regarding its live streaming API. The company is expected to open the API to a select group of media companies. The move would allow such companies to directly stream live video to the Twitter platform.
Agora.io launched Agora Virtual Lenses: an SDK that allows video streaming providers to add stickers and filters to real-time video. With over 600 sets of stickers and a number of lenses and filters, Agora aims to augment any video experience in the same way Snapchat filters augment social media.
Google's Cloud Video Intelligence API makes it possible to scan and search videos for nearly anything thanks to machine learning. Google says the tool relies on a simple REST API that can peek at every single frame in videos hosted in Google Cloud Storage. It may alter content discovery in video.
Microsoft has joined the likes of Google and Mozilla with its release of the WebRTC 1.0 API. The release enables real-time audio, video, chat, and file sharing across platforms and browsers. With the first release, Microsoft is focused on delivering RTC functionality in existing, legacy websites.
Slack is targeting the enterprise in a big way with Slack Enterprise Grid, a scalable version of its business communications platform. Along with the expanded platform, Slack updated its Node.js and Python SDKs so developers can add the new features to their own Slack business apps.
Vidyo has announced that Vidyo.io is now out of beta and generally available. Vidyo.io is a new Communications Platform-as-a-Service that enterprises and application developers can use to add multiparty video chat and collaboration capabilities to Web, mobile, and native applications.
Snapchat recently opened up its long-awaited API to creative agencies and ad tech companies. Top players in the ad industry are already jumping on the bandwagon and these early birds are getting plenty of attention, writes Lauren Johnson over at Adweek.
Google intends to shut down the Google Hangouts API on April 25th. The change means developers will not be able to create new apps using the API, and any existing apps that rely on the API will effectively be left for dead on their feet. Why? So Google can further refine Hangouts for the enterprise.
Kanvas, the app that allows users to add creative elements to videos, has announced SDK that will enable third party apps to utilize its feature set. The SDK is available to developers for free and offers everything from filters, GIFs, overlays, and much more. The SDK is available cross-platform.
Bitmovin became the latest video platform to suggest its new API is the first end-to-end, video infrastructure API to hit the market. Similar to its competitor, Synq, Bitmovin released its API with claims that it serves the video space the same way Twilio serves telephony, or Stripe for payments.
Thirteen APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in categories such as Payments, Invoicing, Documents, and Natural Language Processing. One highlight today is the SYNQ video platform API, which provides faster deployments than most other video delivery platforms.
Synq has hit the market with a video API designed to bring video capabilities to apps. Unlike many existing video platforms, Synq is not a standalone video management system that brings apps into its ecosystem. Synq hopes that this developer-first mindset will set it apart from other video services.