Join Joseph Lowery for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding device APIs, part of Up and Running with Cloud Service APIs.
…There are a slew of mobile device manufacturers competing for shelf…space, but just a handful have the lion's share of the market.…In this lesson, you'll get an overview of that pride of…lions and how to work with them to make your app roar.…The top three spots in the global smartphone…marketplace for 2013 go to Android with almost 79%.…Apple with 15.5%, and Microsoft just over 3.5%.…All the other systems combined make up just 2%.…
These figures, by the way, are from research by a company called Strategic…Analytics, and a report which was released shortly before this course was recorded.…As you might expect in this highly competitive…landscape, each system is a combination of features.…Common features like a contact list, camera, and…email are those deemed to be baseline necessary.…Unique features or implementations are intended to make the products stand out.…Both feature sets are governed by the…system's SDK, each of which are OS specific.…
Developing apps to take advantage of these features takes one of two routes.…
First, there are the popular Google cloud services and device-specific APIs for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone. Then there are APIs to connect to followers on platforms like Facebook and Twitter and even pull images from Flickr. For some really interesting data, Joe shows how to access corporate APIs from companies like Citrix and General Motors. (Imagine getting vehicle data straight from GM.) Last, he shows how to leverage public sector APIs and mine data from the national census, weather bureaus, and even federal job boards. Learn how to make your web projects stand out with cloud services.
- Working with Google Cloud APIs
- Connecting to mobile devices via APIs
- Interfacing with Facebook and managing a Twitter feed
- Utilizing the Google infrastructure in your own apps
- Working with the General Motors API
- Understanding public sector APIs