New Look Google APIs Explorer Adds Indexed History, a Better Editor; App Engine 1.6.6 SDK; YouTube Subscriber,Views Counts;

Google APIs Explorer, an interactive tool that enables you to try out a Google API in minutes and explore its supported methods today received a brand new look based on the ongoing Google+ redesigning across Google products.The new look APIs Explorer makes it easier and more fun to navigate. In additon, Google also added new […]

Google APIs Explorer, an interactive tool that enables you to try out a Google API in minutes and explore its supported methods today received a brand new look based on the ongoing Google+ redesigning across Google products.

The new look APIs Explorer makes it easier and more fun to navigate. In additon, Google also added new features, including an indexed history of API calls, a better editor for the body of a request, and a search box so you can search for APIs and methods easily.

Google is also adding support for more APIs to the Explorer, and now supports over two dozen Google APIs, comparing to over a half dozen APIs when it was launched on March 7, 2011.

Google also added an indicator to show which methods require authenticated requests.

New Look Google APIs Explorer Launched

If you need more information, visit the documentation.

Google App Engine version 1.6.6 SDK

In other Google news, Google App Engine 1.6.6 SDK brings following updates and feautes:

For the Search API, Google included a change that displays the current experimental quota limits in the Admin Console.

"As a result of the Master/Slave datastore deprecation, new users will no longer be able to create new Master/Slave applications. We strongly suggest that developers move their existing Master/Slave applications to HRD," Google said.

Finally, with this release, apps that have billing enabled can now configure up to 100 cron jobs.

Google Apps

The following features are now available to domains Google Apps, Google Apps for Business, Government and Education following the Scheduled Release track:

  • Docs: Comments and discussions available to Government Edition domains
  • Gmail: Graduation of three labs: Message translation, Smart Mute and Title Tweaks.

The features followed under are intended for release to these domains on May 29th:

  • Docs Research pane which allows you to look up information and search from inside your document.
  • Gmail:
    • Quick access to contact details: When searching for an email address, the results will now show you contact details in addition to that person's profile photo and the emails sent from and to them. From here, you can start a chat, call their phone and more. Plus, if your contacts have a Google+ profile, this information will stay up to date automatically.
    • More circle integration and circle search: Users on Google Plus will also now see profile photos of people in their selected circle and circles are now supported in search and filters.
  • Contacts delegation allows users to delegate full access to the contacts in their "My Contacts" group without granting access to their mail or anything else in their accounts.

YouTube Subscriber and View Counts changes

In YouTube news, Starting this Saturday, subscriber counts on YouTube channel and in Analytics will be consistent, and Analytics will show closed accounts that have been removed.

Also, you can see all your channel subscriptions by selecting and saving 'Everything' from the view drop-down.

YouTube Subcriber count: showing closed, removed accounts

YouTube Subscription Everything

Finally, now onwards view count will change, if people actually watches your videos.

"Back in March, YouTube made changes to the algorithm that serves up suggested and recommended videos, giving greater weight to a viewer's time spent on a video, rather than to their click. It was done becuase flipping through channels to find something to watch is different than actually watching, and view counts that accurately reflect engagement are more useful. Well, if people are clicking on your videos, but not sticking around to watch, your videos won't get shown as often in suggested and recommended videos and growth in new views may slow," the YouTube team explains.

Also check out the the Analytics Audience Retention Report and these optimization tips for how to drive engaged views to your videos.