Google Offers Latitude API, Ideas for Mobile Developers
On the Google Mobile blog, Google has launched a new API for Google Lattude, its location tracking service. In a post by Ana Ulin, a Software Engineer on the Google Mobile team, the company details possible uses for Google Latitude on mobile devices, including home automation and credit card security possibilities that tie into location information. Google makes clear that a deep measure of control will be offered to users allowing access to location data for third party apps and developers, so users will be able to see and control who can see their current location and location history.
Awareness API from Google to Power Contextually Aware Apps
Developers will soon be able to make their apps aware of their surroundings thanks to the new Awareness API. The API can support up to seven different signals at once, including time, location, places, beacons, headphones, activity, and weather, to deliver contextually aware information.
Google Releases reCAPTCHA API to Improve Android Security
Google today announced a new tool developers can use to authenticate people securely while simultaneously improving the experience for mobile phone users. The company made available the new reCAPTCHA Android API as a part of Google Play Services.
Google Maps Improves Location-Sharing Tools
Google today made it possible for Maps users to share their exact location with friends and family. In Maps, users need only tap the blue dot (signifying their location) and select those with whom they'd like to share.
Android Pay to Support Payments via Google Assistant
Google this week rolled out the Google Payment API, a new set of capabilities that will allow anyone to make in-app or online payments with any debit or credit card associated with their Google account. Google says this option will simplify the process for people to checkout and make purchases online, as it negates the need to fill out cumbersome purchasing forms.