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.
The Google Compute Engine (GCE) infrastructure as a service (IaaS) is now in general availability. The launch also brings price cuts, a new storage model, expanded operating system support and live migration capabilities for transparent maintenance.
Play Services are no longer supported in pre-Gingerbread devices, the Mobile Ads SDK has been included in Play 4.0, and Wallet Instant Buy offers merchants a new integrated purchasing system.
Google has open sourced Espresso, an Android automated testing framework that enables one to run tests on x86 machines in the cloud in a multi-threaded environment, solving the concurrency issues associated with UI testing.
Microsoft and Google are working together in a fight for greater transparency on Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) orders. Not satisfied with the limited out of court agreement that’s already been reached with the US government to disclose summary data relating to national security requests, the two companies are now taking legal action and lobbying for support from Congress.
This article contains comments from googlers providing insight in how Google’s engineers use their 20% time on pet projects.
Google has open sourced Gumbo, an HTML parsing library written in C. Gumbo adheres to the HTML5 parsing algorithm, passing all html5lib-0.95 tests, and has been tested on 2.5 billion pages indexed by Google.