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Google released a new software developer kit today for Google Play Services 8.4. The revised developer toolset includes a handful of new capabilities thanks to revised APIs. Play Services 8.4 and its new features should go a long way to improving app behaviors for Android devices.
Food-sharing mobile photo app Foodspotting had an API since day one. Of course, every mobile app has an API, at least if it needs to store or retrieve non-trivial data. Most of those interfaces stay hidden away, private APIs with only that single, internal audience. Foodspotting, on the other hand, signed Zagat as an early partner and now also has OpenTable, among others, using its Foodspotting API. The company is not exactly making it widely available for any developer, though the documentation is public, planting it in a vast grey area that's becoming increasingly common.
Cloudflare, internet performance and security provider, announced early access to Traffic Acceleration was being added to its Cloudflare Mobile SDK. The traffic acceleration technology aims to address network throughput for mobile apps, increasing performance beyond what would be seen with TCP.