The consumer electronics giant Pioneer launched its Zypr platform today. With Zypr, the company wants to offer hardware manufacturers and software developers a single, simplified way to access Internet services like Slacker, Yelp, Facebook or Accuweather. The idea behind this project is that connected devices like phones, laptops, cars and TVs take some lead time to develop, but that there is no way to predict which service users will want use in a year or two (or which ones will still be around). With Zypr, Pioneer wants to allow developers to create “future-proof mashups.” As an additional twist, Zypr mostly focuses on voice navigation to access these services.
Google+ doesn’t currently offer an API, but that isn’t stopping developers from trying to offer Google+-related apps and services. Given how fast Google’s new social network is growing, it doesn’t come as a surprise that developers are trying to get a head start in developing services for it, even without Google’s support.