Monday, December 12, 2011

Introducing the Google APIs Terms of Service and an update to Code Labs

Author Picture By Adam Feldman, APIs Product Manager

The Google APIs Terms of Service

Beginning today, most of our APIs use a single Terms of Service. We have rewritten these terms from the ground up with the goals of making them concise and easier to understand. Our intent is to simplify, not to make dramatic functional changes.

For all the APIs that share this single Terms of Service, you won’t need to study a whole new document, although some have brief specific Additional Terms.  In this rewrite, we have removed over 125,000 words from the combined previous terms, resulting in less to read and faster access to your favorite APIs.  Over time, other APIs will be migrated to the new terms.  Please review each API’s documentation to see its terms.

The new Terms of Service is another step in making Google APIs more technically consistent by sharing common infrastructure such as the Discovery service, the APIs Explorer, and the APIs Console.

Removing the Code Labs Label

In order to reduce confusion we're removing the Code Labs label from APIs on The Google Labs program has wound down. APIs formerly in Code Labs will now use the standard header in their documentation. The APIs themselves are unchanged.

Adam Feldman is a Product Manager, focusing on all of Google's APIs and making sure Google provides the best possible platform to developers.

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  1. Hi there,

    I was wondering if there was more information on an API specifically for Google Places Customer Reviews. If so, where would i find it.

    Thanks in advance,

  2. Hi

    You can probably look this up based on my linked account. I am certain there is something wrong with your Google Translate API billing effective 1 December 2011.

    I have been on billing for a couple of months now. All the previous months billing did work and I have been charged. However, not one cent have been debited against my account for Translation API service since this month, 1 December 2011?

    Something is definitely wrong as my API usage is the same as per last month?

    The API key is working fine. I am just not seeing the API usage in my account or the corresponding billing. I even tried a new API, and I get the same results: all working but no stats or billing.

    So I hope this comment can launch an investigation as I do not want to see a billing surprise at the end of the month. I like to keep an eye on the billing during the month.

    So far (14 December 2011), usage is nil and billing nil although the API keys are working.


  3. I am trying to figure out how billing and limits work for a android app that uses the google custom search (100 free queries/day and 0.5 Cent per search).

    If I set a daily limit for my app, does this mean all my users cannot search anymore?

    Unfortunately I cannot figure out the answers (using google search...)