December 3, 2014
Single purpose API
If the Queen of England used public transportation, she wouldn't have far to walk from her Buckingham Palace home. And finding her nearest stop is now very easy since Transport of London has implemented a Google Maps mashup of bus routes.
Boasting 400,000 restaurant menus spanning over 13,000 cities, the SinglePlatform API is filled with valuable content. And it's giving it away to developers for free. The company has big publishing partners signed on, including the New York Times and Foursquare. And restaurant menus are only its first act.
Google has now made its closely-guarded Google Places API available to all developers, after nearly a year in closed beta. The API, first announced a year ago, returns business listings based on location. The search giant also added features that make the service useful for many types of local applications, in addition to simplifying the authentication process. With additional agreements, Google also allows for a healthy 100,000 queries, versus only 1,000 standard calls.