Arguably no company has done more to propel the data economy forward than Google. With the launch of the Google Maps API in June 2005, the company that most people knew mainly for its search engine helped start a revolution in the way big companies share their data with developers.
Most of these Google APIs are related to a new version of Android due out later this year. But there’s also a new Gmail API. A new Google Cloud Dataflow API. And a big upgrade to its Google Wallet API.
Making all of these opportunities even more enticing for developers, though, is the fact that Google is dramatically expanding the number of places where Android will run. The company demonstrated the first two smartwatches that run on its Android Wear platform. Android TV is coming later this year. And at the show, the company demonstrated Android Auto for your car.
That’s a rich environment for developers. And it comes less than a month after Apple said it was rolling out 4,000 new APIs at its developers conference. The centerpiece for both Apple and Google is smartphones. Increasingly, however, their appeal to developers will depend on their ability to show that their platforms can be extended across a wide range of devices that surround consumers and business users throughout their day.
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