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.
Though Google Maps may still be the choice of most developers, Bing continues to be a contender. Microsoft evangelist Chris Pendleton points out a new Weather.com feature and mentions it has used the service since back when it was called Virtual Earth (the switch only happened this June).
According to Ben Dowling, founder of IPInfo, an API provider specializing in IP-based geolocation, the key to success is staying customer-driven. Of course, when your organization is an API provider like IPinfo is, "customer-driven" is synonymous with "developer-driven." Dowling explains.