Google surprised many when it released the first developer preview of Android 11 this week. The forthcoming new version of Android is here with loads of new and changed APIs for developers to sink their teeth into. The biggest features tackle 5G, privacy, foldables, photography and machine learning.
The ProgrammableWeb directory marches toward quintuple digits. Having just passed 9,000 APIs, the next milestone ahead looks even bigger. Of course, all the recent milestones look huge compared to the directory at the end of 2005, when it sat at just 105 APIs. In addition to continuing the rise of the enterprise, the latest APIs show mobile as a driving force. At least two previously locked-down categories, payments and messaging, are now being changed by APIs.