New Place API by Google #APIEconomy

Google has launched its Places API for Android and opened a beta program for it on iOS today. It will allow developers to add better location pickers to their apps, so users can specify where they are with real place names instead of latitudes and longitudes.

In addition, it also allows users to add new places to Google’s database of more than 100 million locations.

Google’s Places API and associated JavaScript library has been available for Web apps for some time now, but the new APIs will help developers easily add their functionality into native mobile apps.

You can hop over to this Google Developers site to find documentation, code samples and demos for the Android API, or sign up for iOS public beta on this page.

Mobile Design for the Apple Smart Watch – A Todo App

Apple gave Developers the chance to and guidelines to have their app ready for the Apple Watch. This show how Apple wants their Smart Watch App to look like. In this case Todoist developed almost a complete version of their todo app witch follower the apple guidelines:

[blockquote author=”Apple” link=”http://techcrunch.com/2015/02/02/heres-how-a-to-do-app-will-work-on-the-apple-watch/?ncid=rss” style=”” target=”_blank”]The apps themselves should not be very complicated or feature-heavy. Instead, they should focus on conveying the most, and most relevant information possible given the limited screen real estate, and for a to-do app, it makes sense that those limits would result in a lot of nested lists.[/blockquote]

I think this is a good advice and will consider this for my own smart watch apps either for iOS or Android.