Week in a Nutshell #12

Welcome to the twelfth episode of the 'Week in a Nutshell’ series,

Last week was full of April Fool's Day jokes announced by the tech companies. This year, it was harder than ever to understand whether the announcement was a joke or not but most of them served their purpose of humor.

Headlines:

  1. WhatsApp's Latest Android Update Enables Voice Calling for All
  2. Google’s ARC now runs Android apps on Chrome OS, Windows, Mac, and Linux

WhatsApp's Latest Android Update Enables Voice Calling for All

WhatsApp's recent Android app update brings voice calling to its all Android users. I have many friends who have been using other alternatives such as Viber and Tango just to have voice calling functionality. With this launch, WhatsApp finally closed the gap in voice calling against its competitors.


Google’s ARC now runs Android apps on Chrome OS, Windows, Mac, and Linux

ARC, "App Runtime for Chrome", was launched by Google in last September and it lets you use Android apps on your Chrome OS based computers and laptops. Last week, Google announced couple of improvements on ARC platform and all I can say is ARC is getting much better. 

With this update, ARC will start supporting several Google Play Services APIs such as OAuth2, Google Cloud Messaging , Google+ sign-in, Maps, Location, and Ads. In addition, now you can convert Android apps into ARC-powered Chrome web browser apps thanks to the ARC Welder launched as a part of this update. This means that your Android app will be available to Chrome web browser users across different operation systems such as Windows and MacOS through Chrome Web Store.

It is obvious that there is room for many improvement in the ARC platform. However, I believe the ARC vision will make Android ecosystem a bit more appealing for developers in the long run. Developers will be able to code for Android first and ARC will help them to increase their reach through Chrome web browser across different operating systems such as Windows, MacOS and Chrome OS.

As I mention in my previous post "Week in a Nutshell #2", Microsoft is also pursuing the same strategy with Windows 10.


We came to the end of the twelfth episode of ‘Week in a Nutshell’ series. If you enjoyed this post, I'd be happy if you could comment, share, like and/or recommend it. 

Thanks,
Birkan