Google Maps iOS SDK includes street view, 3D buildings, indoor floor plans, and URL scheme. The APIs related to this SDK are Places API, Autocomplete API, Android API, and API picker. To visualize an idea of some of Google's favorite SDK Maps projects, users can explore WhatsApp, Foodspotting, 7-11, National Geographic, Expedia, AccuWeather, FedEx, HomeDepot, charity:Water, and Yarr Pirate Maps. Developers can add mapping, location, and location features to a new project to mimic 360° panoramas, 3D buildings, titled perspectives, indoor floor plans, and optimized design. To get started in the development part, users need to download version 1.9.1, access an API key, and follow the instructions to add mapping features to a project.
Have you noticed the many tools to share your location? There's FourSquare and Gowalla, both about a year old. Then there are old-timers like Brightkite. And now, there's one that works with all three (and a couple more).
Another API can be added to the list of "Google APIs That Are No More." The Google Latitude service, including the Latitude API, will be shut down on August 9, 2013. Google Latitude is a geolocation sharing service that allows users to find friends and family on a map as well as share their current location with others they choose.
Earlier this year, Google requested map data from the Korean government. In response, Korean tech companies Naver and Kakao have increased free limits to their respective maps APIs beyond what Google offers. The government is expected to respond next month but the competition has already started.