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Google gives clues to mobile plans

Posted: 24 Jul 2015 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Google Glass? mobile app?

Google wants to show it still can influence where computing is headed, and this week sees announcements and news leaks, including details on the next generation of Google Glass, proving just that.

First, it has acquired Pixate, a developer of mobile app tools that allow simulation of what the app will do. The company's technology is designed to help "designers create complex animations and interactions without writing code," as Pixate puts it.

The July 21 announcement was made on the Pixate blog.

Second, more details leaked concerning Google Glass Enterprise Edition. With the second coming of Google Glass, the company is trying to keep a closer eye on the enterprise market. It plans to make the device more rugged and usable in different environments, according to the 9to5Google blog.

So what do these two separate announcements tell us about Google and how it views the mobile enterprise market?

Simply put, these products are incremental rather than revolutionary. They aim to get usability as a primary focus of the product, whether in making apps work better or delivering hardware that uses those apps.

Let's explore how they work.

Smart glass

(Source: John Barnett/iStockphoto)

The use of Pixate is broken into two parts. The creation and editing of a prototype uses Pixate Studio. This visual editor, which runs on Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X, is used to create layers, animations and interactions. Studio can be used by itself, since it stores all files locally on your system.

The sharing and storage of a prototype is then done in the Pixate cloud system.

The major change from the acquisition that users will notice is that Pixate Studio is now free instead of $150. Cloud accounts are $5 per month per designer.

Pixate states that it "will continue as a stand-alone product without any interruption to the service or support."

Here, it seems that Google wants to give its mobile app developers another tool to create apps. The point is, why limit your development to a smartphone, when another mobile device might be around the corner?

For instance, say that new mobile device is a wearable?

Now, the second generation of Google Glass has already leaked out. Some of the features include support for 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth LE and rechargeable, non-removable batteries. The product also comes with an AC charger and a USB cable.


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