Locle reveals API for 3rd party developers
Locle yesterday launched an upgrade to its location platform, presenting an API for web services which makes the entire web application available to 3rd parties through a set of standardised web interfaces.
Application developers that are planning to introduce location features to their own applications can now leverage the Locle system for their own benefit. It lets developers code their own front-end (be they desktop clients, web applications, mobile apps, gadgets/widgets, SMS or voice response services) to interact directly with the API.
As Sting sang: “If you love someone, set them free”. And so it is with Locle’s location-based mobile social application platform.
This is very similar to how the Twitter platform is revealed through the Twitter API, except Locle has a revenue system built into the API, with location-based advertising, promotions and coupons, in-app micropayments and wallet.
The Locle API comes with full Twitter, Facebook and OpenSocial integration; canvas app and gadget libraries in PHP; and, soon, native mobile app libraries for Java Mobile (J2ME), Blackberry, Symbian S60 and S80 editions 1, 2, 3 and 5, Windows Mobile 5 and 6, Palm OS, Palm Pre, Android, iPhone/iPod Touch.
The upgrade included a reworking of the Locle mobile website at http://m.locle.com.