The new version scheme uses a four-digit version number, where:
- The subsequent three digits represent (in this order):
- major version – changes when the functionality of the API is changed in non-backwards compatible way
- minor version – is incremented with each release that adds features in a backwards-compatible manner
- patch version – is incremented with each fully backwards-compatible bug-fix release
Thus, for example, a complete version string of "188.8.131.52", means that the product version is "3", the major version is "0", the minor version "1", and finally the patch version is "2". A version string like this, indicates a bug fix release, with no new features.
Versions on the CDN
Although the download path includes the version number, we want to ensure that developers using the API receive backwards-compatible changes as soon as possible, without the need to switch to a new URL. For this reason, the version number in the download path is restricted to the product version and major version only.
Below you can see an example of the Maps API download path:
The version number string in this download path is "3.0" (the product version is "3", the major version "0"). It will change only when a release breaks backwards-compatibility with version 3.0. Until then, bug fixes and feature additions will continue to be delivered under the same download URL.