28 Nov '12, 5pm

Amazon Opens Up Maps API To Kindle Developers, Google Street View Covers The Frozen North

After a several year lull the mapping segment is really hot again. Google, Apple, Microsoft, Nokia and Amazon are now competing fiercely in a newly reinvigorated mapping arena. Yesterday, Amazon announced that its Maps API is now generaly available to developers who want to integrate maps into their Kindle Fire apps. Google Maps isn’t available for Kindle devices. Like the Google Play marketplace, which isn’t on Kindle Fire, Amazon doesn’t allow Google Maps on the popular devices (though you can get to it via the mobile web). The Amazon Maps API was first released in beta earlier this fall. Developers have two options: they can integrate an interactive map with different views (standard, satellite). They can also add customized POI data on top of the map. However there’s no traffic or Street View available. Otherwise Amazon’s Maps API is similar to the Google Maps API. Nok...

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