Developers can now code apps on Chromebooks, Google announced Tuesday at I/its annual developer conference held in Mountain View, CA. Support for Linux on ChromeOS will allow developers to create, test, and run any Android or web app for phones, tablets, and laptops on a Chromebook, Google announced.
Link: Developers can now code on Chromebooks thanks to Linux support on ChromeOS
Google is to begin asking new and existing Android users in Europe which browser and search apps they would like to use on their device, in a move no doubt designed to ward off the threat of any further fines from the European Commission. Last July, Google was hit with a €4.3bn fine by the EU for forcing mobile operators to install Chrome and Google Search as the default browser and search service respectively on most Android devices sold in Europe.
Link: Google to ask Android users in Europe which browser and search engine they want to use
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Android looks a little less open now that Google has begun to enforce draconian new rules on accessing a phone’s call and text logs. Developers have been forced to remove features or in some cases change the fundamental nature of the application. One example is BlackBerry’s Hub, an email client which also aggregated notifications from a variety of apps and presented them chronologically in a timeline.
Link: Android clampdown on calls and texts access trashes bunch of apps
is widely expected to be handed a third antitrust fine in Europe this week, with reports suggesting the European Commission’s decision in its long-running investigation of AdSense could land later today. Right on cue the search giant has PRed another product tweak — which it bills as “supporting choice and competition in Europe”.
Link: Ahead of third antitrust ruling, Google announces fresh tweaks to Android in Europe
Google is no stranger to investigations into and questions about its practices, and in Europe the company has faced great interest from the European Commission for violating antitrust laws. Now, in a move that echoes that of Microsoft’s Browser Choice nearly a decade ago, Google is going to give Android users the option of choosing their default web browser and search engine.
Link: Copying Microsoft, Google is bringing browser choice to Android to stave off antitrust regulators
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