In the early 80s, one of the great strengths of IBM over Apple-Mac was that IBM published the schematics and BIOS code. This allowed many developers to hack, modify, extend, and create new hardware never previously imagined, and made IBM the go-to PC for all the extreme applications.
By opening the developer community in this way, I think that Google will likewise take market share from Apple. This is what happened with GWBASIC, Borland-C and other PC development tools, and won the $$$ of the git-r-done engineers.
Who can write an app that would show EE Times news on your phone via an RSS feed? Optional upgrade would include comments on articles and notify you when someone comments on an article. The best app written for EE Times News should win a Google phone!
Google labs have come up with this cool tool, which they claim, will enable anyone to write Android apps. They as part of trial let some school students to use the tool and it seems those kids could write some simple social networking apps.
Is this step good on part of Google for Android?
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros and cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight – as are piloted airplanes? Join EE Times' Junko Yoshida as she moderates a panel of drone experts.