Palm Synergy integrates with Yahoo! Contacts API

A few weeks ago we released the new Contacts API that provides full read/write access to the Yahoo! Address Book. Now we're happy to tell you about the first commercial mobile application built on the Contacts API – the Palm Pixi’s Synergy application.

Pixi runs on WebOS 1.3.1. Palm’s Synergy feature uses the new Contacts API to access a user’s Yahoo! Address Book to integrate Yahoo! Address Book, Mail, and Calendar with the user's phone. Once you enter your Yahoo! email address and password to authorize the app, Synergy creates a contact sheet for every person in your Address Book, and merges duplicate entries retrieved from multiple sources.

Pixi has received very positive reviews on the Web. Soon after it launched last week, we experienced a huge ramp-up in the number of requests made by a third-party application built on our APIs. In less than two days, Synergy set the record for number of requests per day, and has become the largest third-party app using Contacts API by volume of requests. We’re excited to see our APIs integrated in mainstream applications like Palm Synergy and expect more announcements of effective integrations like this of as the onboarding of mainstream web and mobile applications continues.

We're continuing to improve the Contacts API so it's more useful for you to build on:

  • We’ve added support for Etags to all the endpoints in the Contacts API. This enables clients to query the current revision number of the Address Book in a lightweight manner and to optimize calls to the Yahoo! Address Book.
  • We’ve added the ability to reduce the payload size in the Contacts API response by specifying a parameter view=compact. This parameter suppresses the elements like update time, create time, and URI in the response body returned by the Contacts API.
  • We’ve added support for the Contacts API write functionality in the PHP5, Python, and Objective-C SDKs. To get started, visit the social SDK documentation.

As always, we look forward to seeing how you use the Contacts API in new and exciting ways to build applications for our users. To get started, visit the Contacts API documentation. Got questions? Visit the Contacts forum.