Google has finally gotten the ball rolling again on some of its other projects. Just yesterday it announced the availability of HBO Go on its Chromecast streaming device. Now we're hearing that the company has scheduled a hackathon next month that will likely reveal much needed updates for the Cast SDK.
Google and Android have grown up to realize that this large-sized device form factor is not just a passing fad. And to emphasize that point, Google is now rolling out a promised update to the Google Play Store app that will, by default, display apps designed for tablets when browsing the store on a tablet device.
BlackBerry isn't backing down on the road it has taken to support running Android apps on its own mobile platform. The company will actually even step up its game in the next iteration of the BlackBerry OS by adding significant and important features to its Android Runtime compatibility layer.
Android Open Source Project for its line of Xperia devices, Sony has provided the source code for its thermal management solution. This gives developers and modders not just the tool to keep devices' thermal output in check, but also the means to fine tune the manager as well.
Google is once more kicking its Project Glass engines into gear, with a series of announcements that relate to new hardware and new accessories for the eyewear. This time, Google is shifting its eyes to developers who will soon be able to see what true Glassware development looks like via the Glassware Development Kit (GDK).
Google tries its best to provide sensible default applications that cater to a generic populace but, as always, there will always be other apps that offer more or better features. In Android 4.4 KitKat, Google will be changing the rules a bit for third-party SMS apps that will, hopefully, make things easier for both developers and users.