Mobile APIs That Rocked in 2014

2014 was a banner year for APIs. Mobile APIs took center stage, with Google and Apple providing a number of new SDKs and significant updates to existing SDKs. Not to be outdone, Facebook and Twitter also released several intriguing APIs. In this report we offer up our picks for the year's highlights, based on the popularity of the APIs' respective libraries and their potential business value.

While we focused on some of the big names in the industry, the entire mobile space saw plenty of excitement this year. The W3C continued to give web developers more tools for pushing the limits of mobile apps, Salesforce released their Salesforce1 Lightning platform and Microsoft opened their Office 365 APIs to mobile developers. Did we miss any APIs? Let us know in the comments section.

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