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 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.
Google Play Services 7.0 Improves Location Tools
Google today announced the rollout of Play Services 7.0. Play Services is the backbone developers use to create and power applications for Android.
Google Play Services 7.3 Expands Android Wear Powers
Google today announced Play Services 7.3, an update to the core functions of the Android platform. Play Services 7.3 will bring new features to Android devices thanks to an expanded range of tools being made available to developers.