In Other API Economy News: Google Activity Recognition API and More

It's been a while since we've gotten to review those stories that may have slipped through the cracks so let's take a look at what what going on in the world of APIs.

Have you used the new iOS and noticed that your iPhone goes into Do Not Disturb mode when you are driving? Well Google will bring that same functionality to Android developers next year by offering the Activity Recognition Transition API, currently used to power the Do-Not-Disturb feature on Pixel 2 phones. Google already offers an Activity Recognition APITrack this API that lets applications know what type of physical activity a user is doing. The API works by processing low power signals from a device's various sensors, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi to determine a user's activity.

Over at the W3C, the Web Platform Working Group has put out a call for review of the Indexed Database API 2.0 which has reached the Proposed Recommendation stage. The API specification is for a database of records holding simple values and hierarchical objects where each record has a key and a value. Anyone interested in reviewing the API and leaving comments can do so via email at or file a bug on GitHub through December 14, 2017.

Speaking of API standards, IFX Forum, a group looking to promote the adoption of the IFX business message specification for financial data exchange has announced the first set of deliverables from its Open Banking APIs Working Group. The group has been looking into developing a standardized way for banks to provide open access to their data in place of proprietary APIs. The deliverables include:

  • A RESTful (Representational State Transfer) JSON ( JavaScript Object Notation) representation of the IFX Business Message Specification (BMS) Version 2.4. JSON is an alternative to XML for representing IFX objects — an additional format, demonstrating how the Forum is continuing to invest in IFX, adapting the proven standard to new technologies.
  • A demonstration of fully functional IFX APIs, featuring samples of several typical business scenarios in financial account management — just a taste of what IFX offers in readily implementable capabilities
  • Public access to RESTful IFX labs on the IFX server and on Microsoft’s Azure platform, for more technical exploration

All of the material is freely available here in order to be reviewed and gather public feedback.

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