Today in APIs: Youtube Player API Goes Live, Mimvi and Mashape Offer Mobile App Search, and 8 New APIs

Youtube API for Android. Mimvi and Mashape to offer mobile app search to API developers. Plus: Google maps of the year from Google Maps Mania and 8 new APIs.

Putting Youtube in the Pocket of Your Android App

Google has just announced an API to put Youtube in your app. As Alexandra Berlacu reports in Mobile&Apps,

"The new Android YouTube Player API allows users to play and embed YouTube videos in their app. Announced at the Google I/O 2012, the API also allows users to enjoy high-quality video playback using Android 2.2 Froyo or newer. Moreover, users no longer need WebView, and the new Android YouTube Player API provides easy Integration with a user's Android application."

From closed caption to full screen, Youtube promises easy integration into your app. The Youtube app is available through the Google Play Store. Updates are automatic for devices running Android 2.2 and later. The API is billed as a experimental version still in development, but no major interface changes are expected.

Mimvi and Mashape to Offer Mobile App Search API to Developers

MimviAs a press release carried in the Sacramento Bee noted, Mimvi and Mashape are working together to help monetize Mimvi's APIs. Mimvi

"announced today [December 24, 2012] an agreement with Mashape, Inc., a San Francisco-based API ( Application Programming Interface) marketplace to distribute Mimvi's mobile app search and recommendation APIs. A key component of the agreement is a revenue sharing plan for the distribution and monetization of Mimvi's APIs. The global distribution Mimvi's mobile app search and recommendation APIs serves a fundamental purpose. It provides developers access to world-class technology, enabling them to enhance their own projects and better serve their consumers' needs. This includes matching mobile apps to content consumed by their users for a richer mobile-first experience, or supplying mobile app search results to websites, mobile products and services."

Mashape's API hub makes it easy for developers to locate and incorporate APIs. Its CEO, Augusto Marietti, spelled out what Mashape gets out of today's deal with Mimvi:

"The algorithmic technology behind Mimvi's search and recommendation offerings is unique and proprietary. To replicate it would be nearly impossible. It would require years of research and development work. Distributing Mimvi's API on Mashape will give developers around the world access to state-of-the-art mobile app search technology."

Mashape describes its mission as being "... to unlock and facilitate the distribution and consumption of data and services." In Mimvi, it looks like they found a great key.

API News You Shouldn't Miss

8 New APIs

Today we had 8 new APIs added to our API directory including a car value calculation service, a autocomplete service for australian development application search, a local development application tracking service, a portugese strike information, a local development application progress tracking service and a local development application progress tracking service. Below is more details on each of these new APIs.

EurotaxGlass ValuationEurotaxGlass Valuation API: EurotaxGlass is a leading provider of data, solutions, and business intelligence services for the European automotive community. They provide the Valuation API, which enables users to determine the value of a car based on information such as the country in which the vehicle is located, its condition, and its mileage. This service is programmatically accessible using SOAP calls issued in XML format.

Greater Taree City Council AutoCompleteGreater Taree City Council AutoComplete API: The Greater Taree City Council (GTCC) - located in New South Wales, Australia - provides a Development Application tracking service through its website. This tracking service comes with a SOAP-based API for accessing the autocomplete Function that helps users fill in the advanced search form fields for street and suburb names.

Hawkesbury City Council MasterviewHawkesbury City Council Masterview API: Masterview is Hawkesbury City Council's application tracking system. It enables users to track the status of Development Applications, Construction Certificates, and Complying Development Certificates. Users can search for an application for a particular property by application number or by property address. Users can also search for details on all developments within a particular time frame. Masterview can be accessed directly through the website or programmatically via SOAP API.

Há GreveHá Greve API: The Há Greve API provides information regarding upcoming, current, or past Portuguese strikes. It provides the start/end date, company name, the first and last name of the author of each strike, a brief description of the strike, and a source where the information was gathered from. The API is HTTP GET protocol and responses are formatted in JSON.

Hornsby Shire Council Application EnquiryHornsby Shire Council Application Enquiry API: The Hornsby Shire Council provides the Application Enquiry service, which enables users to track the progress of their applications from submission to resolution. Applications that can be tracked by this service include Building Applications, Building Certificates, Construction Certificates, Development Applications, etc. The information provided for each application identifies key tasks and estimated timeframes, and also includes public documents associated with the application. Users can look up information directly through the website or programmatically via SOAP API.

North Sidney Council Application MasterNorth Sidney Council Application Master API: The North Sidney Council enables users to track the status of their Development Applications (DA) using its Application Master service. This service allows users to retrieve the current status of a DA, tasks undertaken as part of the assessment process, and publicly available electronic documents. The Application Master service can either be accessed directly through the website or programmatically using a SOAP API.

POEditorPOEditor API: POEditor is a collaborative web-based software localization tool designed for translators and software developers who, through localization, want to make their products and services available on a global market. An API is available for developers to integrate the software's functionality into their own applications. Methods include listing projects, viewing project details, adding terms to a project, updating language and more. The API uses RESTful calls and responses are formatted in JSON.

VitaDock OnlineVitaDock Online API: VitaDock is an application that lets users measure, read and manage their vital data on mobile devices including iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad. This data includes measurements of blood sugar, blood pressure, fever and blood analysis.

The VitaDock Online API allows synchronization with any user using VitaDock medical devices. The API is based on the Open Authentication standard with which users can connect their web, mobile or desktop application to. Documentation and support are provided for developers.