Many say that the future of the Internet lies in APIs because they help distribute and combine content.
On the Web, APIs are generally special URLs that give back machine-readable data, in formats like JSON or XML, rather than human-readable data, which is usually HTML.
Many mobile phones allow apps to be downloaded, leading to a burgeoning economy for modestly priced software.
Can also refer to a program or tool that can be used within a website.
Expect to see competitors to the i Pad running a version of Android.
— Short for application, a program that runs inside another service.
— The way computer programs share data and functionality with other computer programs.
APIs are an increasingly critical part of the Internet’s interconnection.
— Usually used in the context of Android phone, Android is a free and open source operating system developed by Google that powers a variety of mobile phones from different manufacturers and carriers. In contrast to Apple’s tightly controlled architecture and App Store, Android allows users to install apps from the Android Market and from other channels, such as directly from a developer’s website — which allows for X-rated content, for example.
Some well-known Android phones are the Nexus One, the Motorola Droid and HTC Evo.