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Remember when Apple released the first iPhone and promised that all developers would need to do to create great apps was to develop mobile websites that users could open in a browser? It wasn’t long before developers were clamoring for the ability to create native apps that would run as smoothly as the Apple software that came pre-loaded on the phone.

But cloud tech has come a long way in recent years, and now you can even stream PC and console-class games over the internet to Android devices and TV boxes.

So maybe it’s not surprising that Google reportedly acquired an app streaming startup called Agawi in late 2014. The company’s technology could enable Google to create a platform that lets Android and Chrome OS users run apps hosted in the cloud without downloading them… which would probably help Google’s bottom line a well, since most of the company’s revenue comes from ads which are displayed on websites.

image: TechCrunch
image: TechCrunch

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One reply on “Lilbits 297: Is Google developing app streaming tech?”

  1. Not so sure that’s about phones.
    Agawi was about gaming so maybe it is just about cloud gaming, it’s a market big players have been slow to explore.
    Or maybe it is about glasses where size and weight just don’t allow for much processing power.
    Don’t know enough about what and how Agawi is doing but could even be about Youtube.

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