WeFi, the company behind the community-based global WiFi network, used the Mobile World Congress to launch the WeFi API to enable Android application developers to “benefit from WeFi’s award-winning WiFi technology.” What this actually means is that developers will be able to insert a snippet of code in their applications which would allow for fast connection to WeFi hotspots around the world. In addition, WeFi will share its “extensive detailed intelligence relating to over 50 million hotspots worldwide,” though I’m not sure how that helps. Moreover, Android app developers will be able to access the list of all available WeFi hotspots to eventually guide user to the nearest WeFi location or use the information in some other way.
Finally, WeFi wants us to know that there are already some apps that take advantage of the new API, including:
- LookATOR by Loft – an Augmented Reality-based application for finding better WiFi access.
- Safe Network by DroidSecurity – which uses the WeFi API to control the Wi-Fi connectivity process and verify the security level of hotspots the user connects to.
- ZooVision – mobile video streaming content aggregator which relies on WeFi API to deliver high-bandwidth connectivity.
And in case you’re interested to make WeFi-enabled apps, you can get additional information about the new API from this page on their website.