Google announced earlier this month its plans to shutter Google+, its failed social network, after a second security breach exposed the data of millions. Along with the social network, Google plans to shut down the Google+ APIs on March 7, 2019. However, some APIs may stop working even sooner.
The shutdown will be a progressive one, according to Google, and will commence in late January. Google is thus warning developers who rely on the Google+ APIs that those API calls may start to fail as soon as January 28, 2019.
Google plans to email those developers impacted by the change over the next few days. The company will make sure those developers are aware of which Google+ APIs are entangled in their projects and provide suggestions for replacements.
"Whether or not an email is received, we strongly encourage developers to search for and remove any dependencies on Google+ APIs from their applications," said Google in a blog post.
Exactly which APIs are involved? Google explains that the most commonly used Google+ APIs -- and the ones being shut down -- include the Google+ REST API, Google+ Web API, Google+ Android SDK, Google+ Domains API, and the Google+ Pages API.
The Google+ Sign-in tool has already been fully depracated and will go dark on March 7 along with the others. Google strongly suggests developers migrate to the newer Google Sign-in authentication system. Over-the-air installs are also depracated and shut down. Last, Google+ integrations for the web and mobile apps are being shuttered.
"While we're sunsetting Google+ for consumers, we're investing in Google+ for enterprise organizations. They can expect a new look and new features," said Google.
It was an API that kicked off Google's hurried efforts to close down the Google+ APIs. The company delivered a software update in November that contained a bug in a Google+ API. Google says no third parties compromised its systems, but user information of some 55.2 million was left exposed for a period of six days.
"With the discovery of this new bug, we have decided to expedite the shut-down of all Google+ APIs; this will occur within the next 90 days," said the company in a blog post. "In addition, we have also decided to accelerate the sunsetting of consumer Google+ from August 2019 to April 2019. While we recognize there are implications for developers, we want to ensure the protection of our users."
More details about the security breach are available here.