Google Revamps Developer Policy Center and Policies

In an effort to curb malicious software and inappropriate adverts, Google emailed developers yesterday outlining several new policy changes and revamped Developer Policy Center.  The update informs developers that they have 30 days to make sure their apps or compliant or risk a warning or their app being removed from the Google Play Store outright.  Basically it means by April 1st, developers need to make sure their apps are in line with the new rules.

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Google Announces End of Support For Several API

For you developers out there, Google has announced the end of support for several APIs.  The news came late on Friday from Google’s Vijay Subramani and it impacts several search oriented APIs.

Back in 2011, we announced the deprecation of the following APIs: Google Patent Search API, Google News Search API, Google Blog Search API, Google Video Search API, Google Image Search API. We supported these APIs for a three year period (and beyond), but as all things come to an end, so has the deprecation window for these APIs.

Given that Google announced this change back in 2011 and that they supported them 4+ years, the news is hardly a surprise.  Further, all of these APIs have been replaced with the Custom Search API.

If you are a developer and are still running any of these APIs in your applications, you have until February 15, 2016 to make changes.  At that point they will be turned down and will no longer be available for you to use.

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