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.
In a clever move, Apple has leveraged the power of the Google Maps API (our Google Maps API Profile) to provide geotagging capabilities for iPhoto 2009, the latest version of its popular photo management software. Announced by Phil Schiller at MacWorld 2009, iPhoto 2009 is packed with several new features, including 'Places' which gives users the ability to easily assign geographic coordinates to their photos.
Earlier this month I eulogized the Yahoo Maps API. It was launched the same week as the Google Maps API and for some time was often mentioned at the same time. The Yahoo Maps API, it appeared, was to be disconnected by now, but it appears the company is going to wait a bit longer.
Our mashup directory contains a number of popular tags that are related such as geolocation, location and gps. These kinds of mashups cover a variety of uses from helping hikers know their location, finding nearby friends, planning travel and even turning on a lamp. The mashups we'll look at today use Google Maps and foursquare amongst others. Read below for more details on each.