Nearly 13 years ago, Google launched a service that brought transformation in the way people found locations and routes. Google Maps helped users find locations using their computers, laptops, tablets, and mobile phones. With creativity and technological innovation, Google has introduced new features in the service over time. It has added value to people’s lives by making it easier to find routes and saved a lot of valuable time. It was not only limited to finding routes; it also helped in finding best places nearby such as restaurants, school, and places to live. Along with launching various updates in its service, Google offered its Google Maps data to game producing companies to make real-world based games. The California-headquartered firm announced an update to its Google Maps API platform for developers with an aim to simplify developer offerings, access to APIs, and pricing structure.
Google Maps Platform, as the name given, is one of the major changes in the platform in recent years. This platform will simplify Google Maps developer offerings and the way in which firm charges for access to APIs. The existing code of developers will continue to work without change. Google Maps developers will need to possess a valid API key and a Google Cloud Platform billing account from June 11. In this new initiative, Google has combined all the 18 individual Maps APIs into three core offerings: Maps, Places, and Routes.
Google has changed the way it charges for access of APIs. It has launched a single pricing plan with access to free support. Previously, it offered a standard and premium plan. The premium plan involved access to free support, however, the standard did not. But from now on, it will provide only a single plan, in which developers will have $200 worth of free usage per month.
Google also announced that it will launch various Maps-centric industry-specific solutions. In March this year, the firm launched a program for game developers who want to build games. Now, it has launched the similar features for asset tracking and ridesharing solutions. “Our asset tracking offering helps businesses improve efficiencies by locating vehicles and assets in real-time, visualizing where assets have traveled, and routing vehicles with complex trips,” wrote the Google Maps team in an announcement. “We expect to bring new solutions to market in the future, in areas where we’re positioned to offer insights and expertise.”
This new platform will enable Google Maps’ global infrastructure for developers without thinking about reliability, capacity, or performance. Maps will continue to join forces with Google programs to bring their products to crisis response, startups, nonprofits, and news media organizations. New processes have been put in place to assist in scaling these programs to many organizations and countries across the world. The Google Maps team seems to be proceeding in the right direction. The access to APIs was a divisive issue since its beginning, and especially, during the change of free usage levels. The firm has been taking steps in making lives of developers easier in the long run.