Google, has recently made an announcement that all-new Google Maps platform which offers streamline API products is in works. The new Google Maps for API developers brings a simplified user experience. It also comes with a single price plan with pay-as-go billing and more. Google had announced the first Google Maps APIs for the developers back in 20015. The latest update which is said to go into effect from June 11 is supposedly one of the biggest changes made to the Maps platform since then.
Following are the changes that are expected to be rolled out by the tech giant for its Maps:
Changes in API
It is being reported that Google is combining its 18 individual APIs into three main products which are Maps, Routes and Places. Google also expects that the change will make it easier for the developers and businesses to search explore and also add new features to their apps and websites. Google has also claimed that the developers don't need to worry regarding the compatibility. This is because their existing codes will work perfectly fine with the new system without any changes.
Apart from the API changes, Google has further said that all of its products will now be integrated along with the Google Cloud Platform Console. This is said to make it easier for the businesses to keep a tab on their usage, manage their products and also discover new products, services and offerings from the Google Cloud.
Changes in pricing
Google is also planning to offer a single, consolidates pricing plan which will give the businesses access to free support. Google further is looking to change the way it charges the developers and businesses so that they can access these APIs. It is also being reported that Google is offering $200 (Rs 13,333 approx) of free monthly usage to its customers using any of the three products. Google has also offered some plans for the enterprise customers as well.
Google had announced its first industry solution for the game studios to create real-world games using Google Maps data. The industry solution for the game studios was released back in March. Now Google has announced two more solutions which are meant for ride-sharing and asset tracking the companies. Following this release, the ridesharing companies will be able to embed the Google Maps navigation into their apps directly. Also, the new asset-tracking solution will allow the businesses to monitor the location of vehicles and assets in real time. It will also monitor at where the assets have travelled and help in routing vehicles complex trip.