Google’s Dart on Android hopes to speed up apps and app development


Over in Google’s open source labs, some members of Chrome’s V8 Javascript team have been working on a new way of writing Android apps that will get the platform completely free of Java while providing improved speed and a closer connection with the Web. The Dart on Android project, which was given the project name Sky, could eventually be a replacement for the 20-year old Java programming language. Read more

Google Announces New Partners for Custom Voice Actions on Android

OK Google

“OK Google” has changed the world as we know it, or at least the Android world as we know it. Either way, true fanboys believers know that Google’s voice recognition software is the most robust in the industry and the most capable of understanding regular, colloquial speech.

As voice search continues to evolve, its ability to integrate with apps has also improved. Today, Google announced a further step towards that integration. Third-party developers can now employ custom actions that integrate with voice search without the need to open the app first. Google has roped in a specific set of partners to develop this newfound synergy. And it’s all about synergy, folks. Who these partners are hasn’t been disclosed, but the gif below highlights both NPR and TripAdvisor, so let’s not assume that Google woke up today feeling magnanimous and in the mood to offer free ad space to both parties just for funsies.

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