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Just about every provider of a platform in the cloud is moving down the same path; albeit at different rates of speed. First they figure out that developers of third-party applications can drive more usage of their platform, so they publish a private API. However, it’s not too long before they figure out that making that API public winds up driving the most usage of their platform.
There are now a number of backend-as-a-service companies focused on mobile developers. We list 6 backend APIs that help with common mobile tasks, including the Cocoafish API, which was today acquired by Appcelerator. But it's a much bigger ecosystem, as shown in the infographic below.
Google's Cloud Healthcare API is now available in beta. The API is meant to act as a bridge between on-site healthcare systems and applications hosted on Google Cloud. The goal of the API is to give hospitals and other healthcare facilities more analytical power over their data.