Google broadens support for native applications in Chrome by enabling it to run LLVM bitcode.
Google has opened the doors to its hotly anticipated Google Compute Engine and is now firmly engaged in the Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) battle with the likes of Amazon and Microsoft. This week’s Google I/O conference also introduced a new fully managed NoSQL database and the addition of PHP to the Google App Engine Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS).
Google has released the Mirror API for writing Glassware applications and the final specification for Glass devices.
Google+ Sign-In extends the Google+ social network into third-party websites, desktop applications and mobile apps. This service, announced on February 26th, provides features for authentication, authorization and activity sharing. There is also support for user engagement, hangouts and automatic Android app downloads.
There are two major browser developments recently announced, both targeting parallel architectures: Google and Opera with Blink, a WebKit fork, while Samsung joins Mozilla to push Servo forward.
Google is promising not to take legal action against any party using pledged patents for open source or free software “unless first attacked.”
Google has obtained a license for any algorithm that may be essential to VP8 and MPEG LA has a patent for it. Google has the option to sublicense VP8 royalty-free to third party implementers, opening the way for wide adoption of the VP8 codec.
Microsoft Azure now has an Android SDK including notification push to Android devices. Amazon makes available a Mobile Ads API that can be used to display adds from their network on any Android device in parallel with those from Google AdMob.
Google App Engine introduces experimental support for Java 7, Cloud Endpoints, and Cloud Messaging Service for Android.
Besides Java, Jelastic has added PHP to their platform for service hosting providers. This article contains an interview with Dmitry Sotnikov, COO at Jelastic, with more inside information about their PaaS solution.
Microsoft CU-RTC-Web is an alternative approach to WebRTC meant to show some of WebRTC’s weaknesses and to push it forward.
The H.265 codec standard, the successor of H.264, has been approved, promising support for 8k UHD and lower bandwidth, but the patent issues plaguing H.264 remain.
Google has forgotten to include December in the originally released Android 4.2. Did the bug still exist or already been fixed? Read this story.
Google has released version 2.0 of their Play Services for Android applications. The new additions represent the Maps and Photo Sphere APIs, and are available for all applications running on Android 2.2+.