Google has announced the end of another service, and this one is a shocker—Google Code is going away on January 25th, 2016. That gives you about ten months to get your code off of Google's servers before it's gone forever. Why is Google breaking your heart like this? According to the company, Google Code simply isn't very popular anymore. When Google Code was launched in 2006, there weren't many options for open source code repositories. Google felt it was necessary to provide this service to encourage open source development. Since then, however, services like GitHub and Bitbucket have gotten very popular. Developers have been migrating from Google Code to these more powerful services—Google has even migrated almost 1000 projects from Google Code to GitHub because that's where the developers are. Really, Google doesn't seem to have worked very hard to make Code better over the years, so this isn't much of a surprise. In its current state, a large proportion of … [Read more...] about Google Code Will Shut Down In January 2016 Because Almost No One Uses It Anymore
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Google seems to be developing an entirely new operating system.But here's the thing: it's unclear at the moment what this operating system is for, including what devices it might power. Here's everything we know so far about the project, which is currently going by the name Fuchsia. Keep checking back, however, as we plan to update this piece over time with the latest reports, rumours, leaked information, and, of course, any and all confirmations.Google Fuchsia: What is it?Fuchsia is an evolving pile of code. You can find it on the search giant's code depository and on GitHub. The code is supposedly the early beginnings of an entirely new operating system, though Google has yet to confirm those details. Interestingly, it's not based on Linux Kernel - the core underpinnings of both Android (Google's mobile OS) and Chrome OS (Google's desktop and laptop OS).Here's what Dave Burke, Google's VP of Android engineering, told Android Police about Fuchsia in May 2017: "Fuchsia is an … [Read more...] about Google Fuchsia OS: What’s the story so far?
Rumours of a Google games console and cloud gaming platform abound, with full details possibly to be unveiled within the next month.Yeti is said to be the company's "Netflix for games", with games hosted on remote servers and video streamed to dedicated hardware.But what do we know about the project so far? And how will it be different to existing cloud gaming services?Read on.What is Google Yeti and how will it work?Google Yeti - as it is reportedly codenamed - is said to be a subscription-based streaming platform whereby members can play any of the games available on the service, but don't have to download them or purchase them individually.That's because, through dedicated hardware or an application for phones, tablets and/or TVs, you play the game in real time, but it's actually run on a remote server somewhere else in the world. The video of the gameplay is transmitted to your device over the internet, while the control codes from a game controller are sent in the other … [Read more...] about What is Google Yeti? Google’s console and cloud gaming service explained
Have you ever imagined what it'd be like if we could run iOS apps and games on our Android companions? We bet you have. Well, there are certain workaround techniques that allegedly allow you to do the unthinkable, but most of them require some kind of a virtual machine and the process is rather cumbersome. Project Cider might put an end to this, as it enables native execution of iOS apps on Android.Researchers from the Columbia University have created this “operating system compatibility architecture”, which does not use a virtual machine, but it still allows you to execute iOS apps on Android. In order to do its mojo, Cider makes use of a compile-time code adaptation method – it does not make any modifications to the source code of the iOS apps in question, it just adapts them to run on Google's platform. Along with it, some diplomatic functions let them connect to the host libraries of your Android device. Interestingly, the native Android libraries for 3D hardware … [Read more...] about Project Cider enables native execution of iOS apps and services on Android
With the announcement of the Nokia X, Nokia X+ and Nokia XL, Nokia and Microsoft have just turned the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) on its ear. Yes, on its ear. This is the kitchen sink being thrown at Google and it will feel the pinch. Microsoft also loosened the reigns just a bit on Windows Phone when it announced a slew of new manufacturers joining the gang.In Microsoft’s case, it will basically allow manufacturers to use existing architecture and hardware design in the Windows Phone dynamic. That means the dedicated camera button is not going to be mandatory. Windows Phone 8.1 and its on-screen buttons further the “openness” of sorts. The trade-off is that Windows Phone arguably loses a bit of differentiation in the hardware, but gains attractiveness for manufacturers like Lenovo, based in China, and LG, a company with an ever growing and impressive war chest of ideas and talent. Certainly Foxconn, who builds anything for anybody, will capitalize … [Read more...] about Fight fire with fire: Nokia uses Android against Google, Microsoft opens the gates