This article overviews the latest most important Android forking attempts which offer developers new opportunities but also some challenges.
Google have announced general availability of their Cloud SQL service. At launch the service comes with automatic encryption of customer data, a 99.95% uptime SLA and support for databases up to 500GB in size.
QUIC (Quick UDP Internet Connections, pronounced 'quick') is a multiplexing transport protocol running over UDP with the main goal to have 0-RTT connectivity overhead.
Google has recently released their complete definition of coding standards for Java source code. These are hard-and-fast rules that are clearly enforceable, and are followed universally within Google. It covers not only formatting, but other types of conventions and coding standards.
Today is the 70th anniversary of Colossus, the first electronic computer ever created. Its purpose was to crack the Lorenz encrypted messages, and started operations on 5th February 1944. However, all is not well at Bletchley Park as the National Museum of Computing is being increasingly marginalised in a bitter dispute.
Google has released Cast SDK with which developers will be able to integrate Chromecast into both new and existing mobile apps and websites with support for adaptive streaming, MPEG-DASH, HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) and SmoothStreaming.
Google has acquired Nest, maker of smart thermostat and smoke detectors, for $3.2 billion in cash, making it another major data source that will help Google understand how people live.
Google has sold Motorola Mobility to Lenovo for $2.91B, and keeps most of the patents in their portfolio while Lenovo gets 2,000 patents. Google may lose money on this deal but the Android ecosystem benefits.
In an interesting analysis appeared on Ars Technica, Ron Amadeo argues that Google is progressively shifting Android towards a closed source model. Google's strategy would aim at making Android suitable to be freely customised and used "for little hobbies", while hampering the choices of "anyone trying to use Android without Google’s blessing".
Despite huge investments and years in development, PaaS has not managed to attract many customers so far. This article digests what several analysts are saying regarding the current status of PaaS and its future.
Google has officially entered the in-car computer arena by announcing the Open Automotive Alliance (OAA) together with Nvidia and several automobile manufacturers, including Audi, GM, Honda, and Hyundai. The Alliance's mission, according to its official announcement, is bringing the Android platform to cars by the end of 2014.
Google has updated Play Services to include support for Drive, turn-based multiplayer games and more ad networks.
Google recently announced the launch of Mac support for its Chrome Apps initiative. Chrome Apps allows developers to use web technologies to build cross-platform applications that run using Chrome as a runtime. This announcement coincides with what appears to be renewed push for Chrome Apps by Google that started in earnest in September.
The Go programming language has just released version 1.2, bringing with it some language changes and improved networking performance on Windows and the BSD platforms.