Google today said it is putting the Google Places API for iOS 2.0 and the Google Maps SDK for iOS 2.0 into separate CocoaPods. The idea here is to reduce the app size for developers who need Places data, but not Maps data. Google says the change heralds big savings in app binaries.
Microsoft has launched the Bing Maps Distance Matrix API which returns the travel times and distances between a set of origins and destinations. The API can be used in applications to solve the Traveling Salesman Problem and Vehicle Routing Problem returning the best route for a set of locations.