Unlike Android, in which any user can make and/or commit changes to the source code, Windows Phone 7 is a closed source operating system. As such, its source code is only available to Microsoft. This in turn makes development for Windows Phone very difficult. Thanks to XDA Member 2hdass, WP7 is finally seeing some open source love with his porting of Google’s web services into the eponymous Google Web Service API.
For those of you who don’t know, API stands for Application Programming Interface. It is (in the most basic of terms) a file that can contain custom class definitions, protocols, and standards for interactions between other files. This specific API contains information for:
- Google Directions
- Google Places (Geocoding, Reverse Geocoding)
- Google Places Autocomplete
- Google Static Maps
WP7 applications in the future will be able to take advantage of the above information, thereby improving the quality of the ecosystem as a whole. So head on over to the original thread and give it a go. If you’re a developer, head over to the CodePlex project page to help improve the API further._________