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Today’s technology is ruled by a handful of technology empires which were built for various reasons. Some like to believe that these tech giants emerges out of the necessity of evolving from a technological perspective, offering mankind a way to advance, one step at a time. Google is a tech entity that has built its name on facilitating the way others interact with tech, even from its early days when it was nothing more than a search engine. Giving people a tool that powerful was only the start, as many years later, Google is still coming up with new and innovative ways to facilitate our transition into the next phase, which this time around is represented by the rise of the mobile industry.

Introducing Google App Maker:

App Maker is the latest addition to Google’s drawer of goodies, and as it takes its place among all the other helpful tools and services provided by its developer, we’ll take some time to see what the purpose of App Maker is in fact. The simplest way to describe App Maker would be to call it an opportunity for enterprises everywhere to create internal mobile apps. With this service, Google is encouraging enterprises to create internal applications that can serve and fulfill various company tasks. The seller here is that App Maker can help you develop your own app at a really fast pace, without needing to employ or assign a mobile app developer to handle it as they would take on a full-blown developing project from scratch.

 

How App Maker thrives through its simplicity?

The best thing about App Maker must be, hands down, how simple it is. Google’s new tool literally comes with a drag and drop mechanic which allows you to easily move things around and design your app in the most minimalistic way possible. It is not just a kid’s toy however, as it comes packed with features that make sure developers will have as easy a job as possible. Things like customized script support, scripting editor and a cloud platform to work with give developers all the coding support they need, although App Maker requires minimal coding.

Who can App Maker help?

If we are to believe what Google says about App Maker (and why shouldn’t we?), the service is meant to help businesses of all sizes which are either struggling to find an anchoring point into the mobile scene or are too inexperienced to know where to start in creating an app. App Maker is for both smaller, entry-level businesses, as well as top dog corporations. No matter how big or small a business is, their profile or history might have led them to a point where they do not have the necessary IT department or programming skills to conduct a full-blown mobile app development process. For cases like this, Google banks on the success of App Maker, which makes app development a walk in the park, and also highly accessible. The app completely removes lack of experience or even highly talented IT personnel getting in the way of a business joining the mobile phenomenon where mobile devices and mobile apps are gradually taking over in both popularity and applicative functionality.

How to integrate and adapt to App Maker?

Since we’re talking about introducing a completely new concept to an enterprise with theoretically no backing information on the matter, it would be quite redundant to have App Maker require resources that were never available or a concern for said environment. Those who choose to use App Maker do not have to fear about integrating App Maker into their regular mobile workflow, especially if they were already working with Google services. App Maker comes with full support and integration for all other Google products and services such as Gmail, Google Maps, Google Translate, Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Contacts, and even the more obscure ones such as Google BigQuery. Google lets developers integrate all these services into apps created with their new tool, maintaining a balanced ecosystem and familiar flow. Developers using App Maker also get to work with Google’s Material Design architecture and give apps a very Google-centric approach. Apps made with the new Google tool will use the new Google Drive Tables, which is a cloud-base service that stores data from said App Maker creations, thus providing a “playing field” for newly created apps. This means that developers won’t have to set up a platform for the enterprise apps they create, as they can use Google’s own work suite of services to create, maintain and store the apps.

Conclusion:

In retrospective, Google’s App Maker has a ton of productive qualities that no doubt facilitate the creation of apps big time. The importance of reaching out trough a mobile medium in this day and age is massive, and having the possibility to adjust while skipping some otherwise crucial requirements and getting straight to the productive part is invaluable.

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Android Things, Google’s new operating system to power your toasters, routers, refrigerators and just about everything:

It is said that that the next decade will belong to Internet of Things and so most major tech companies are now focussing their might on it and Google is not far behind. Recently the search giant released the developer preview of a new Android-based Operating System which comes with different tools like Android SDK, Android Studio, Google Play Services packed into a single OS.

Android Things: Google Launches A New Operating System

The tech giant Google announced on Tuesday announced Android Things – its operating system for Internet of Things projects. Android Things OS will power various IoT products like security cameras, connected speakers, routers and everything that is connected to the Internet. With the launch of Android Things, Google takes another step to put Android everywhere, from smartphones earlier to refrigerators, toasters, routers, cameras etc. Read Also: Nokia D1C Price, Specifications, Android Phone Features: Everything We Already Know Google’s Android Things operating system is not new, in fact, it is built on Brillo, an operating system. Brillo operating system was announced in 2015 by Google and specifically designed for the Internet of things. It seems that Google has fused Brillo operating systems with Android tools and repackaged it as Android Things operating system. The new operating system will have pretty much the same tools that Android developers are already accustomed too, such as Android Studio, Android SDK, Google Play and other Google services. This should help Internet of Things manufacturers adopt the new operating system as well as get Android developers on board for developing Apps for IoT devices. Android Things – like project Brillo – is designed to be very small and take up low memory, about 32 Mb or 64 Mb of RAM. Google has said that it will partner with SoC (system on a chip) makers to build certified development boards containing development modules like RAM, Flash Storage, WiFi, Bluetooth and other components, and is currently recommending using Intel Edison, NXP Pico, Raspberry Pi 3 among other devices, as developer kits. Devices running Android Things will be able to communicate with other Android and iOS devices through Weave, the company’s communication platform for Internet of Things. In future, such Android Things powered devices will also allow voice commands with Google Assistant.

Android Things and IoT security

Google’s foray into IoT OS space is noteworthy because of the growing concerns over security of Internet of Things connected devices. Recently, a botnet attack powered by Mirai malware powered a DDoS attack on a DNS  provider in the United States bringing down the Internet for whole of Mid-West and East Coast of US for a full day. Android Things will hopefully cover the security aspects of IoT devices and provide timely security fixes so that the IoT will not be used for Dyn like attacks in future.
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