Bing Maps offers an iOS SDK to develop applications in Objective C within Xcode. Users can note that the iOS map control is supported by Bing's road. It offers aerial and hybrid map styles. It can also access a user's location as long as the phone's GPS is on. What makes this kit valuable is its capacity to use the Bing Maps REST Service that includes geocoding and routing to build a mapping application. This idea serves to help coordinate the Bing Maps Control with Bing Maps services. Besides using the iOS SDK, developers are invited to use the Bing Maps SDK for Windows Phone and the SDK for Android. These services might provide a more complete development experience to create apps associated with geocoding, routing, and mapping services.
Google today said it is putting the Google Places API for iOS 2.0 and the Google Maps SDK for iOS 2.0 into separate CocoaPods. The idea here is to reduce the app size for developers who need Places data, but not Maps data. Google says the change heralds big savings in app binaries.
Check-in app Gowalla puts a fun twist on location sharing by helping its users discover wonderfully-designed virtual items that can be found, swapped, and dropped all over the place. Developer Ben Dodson used the Gowalla API to put together Wallabee Travel Edition.
Eleven APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in categories including Blockchain, Location, and File-Sharing. Featured is an API from the US Department of Veterans Affairs for Veteran health data, and an API that tracks user location using artificial intelligence.