At Google I/O, as expected, there was the announcement of Project Brillo, the operating system for the Internet of Things. Google also announced Weave, a protocol that will serve as the standard language for the various devices to communicate with each other. This project is derived from Android but in a version stripped of various components to operate with minimum requirements while maintaining the support to essential services such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
Google announced the Patent Purchase Promotion, an experimental initiative to fight the phenomenon of patent trolling, the use of patents for the sole purpose of restricting competition and to obtain money through lawsuits or through agreements following threats of such actions. In this case, Google asked holders of American patents willing to sell them to submit their requests with the price. That’s meant to prevent them from ending up in the hands of patent trolls.
A few days ago, Calico, a company founded by Google with the goal to carry out research on longevity, announced a collaboration with the Broad Institute, a center for biomedical and genomics research founded by MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and Harvard University. The aim is to work together to research on age-related diseases to find new treatments.
Google announced the closure of the free hosting service for free software projects Google Code. Since yesterday, March 12, 2015, the possibility of creating new projects on the website was eliminated, from August 24, 2015 it will be impossible to make changes to existing projects while with a read-only access to the pages, on January 25, 2016 the service will be shut down for good.
Bradley Horowitz is the new head of Google+ and announced various changes to Google’s social network. The platform will be split into separate areas where the Photos service will be devoted to image management, Streams will keep Google+ core and Hangouts while the service that should be devoted to audio / video communications and the classic text messaging.