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Google's Project Hera may break down the walls between Android and the web

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Google's Project Hera may break down the walls between Android and the web
Ever since Sundar Pichai became the head of both Chrome and Android, there has been speculation as to what that that move would mean for the two platforms. We have already seen the plans for Chrome apps to become native on Android and iOS, but a new rumor is suggesting that Google has deeper plans to knock down the walls between Android, the web, and Google Search.

The rumor is that Google's follow-up to Project Butter in Android 4.1 and Project Svelte in Android 4.4 will be Project Hera. The idea behind Project Hera is to unify Android, Chrome, and Google Search. It sounds like basically the plan is to allow HTML5 apps to be elevated and integrated into native Android apps and the system itself. This would create something of an HTML5 layer in-between apps and the system, which could then perform quick tasks online without needing to run the full app. 

These tasks won't just be able to function independently of apps, but will be highlighted with the Android multitasking menu. Each task that is performed by a Chrome instance will appear as a separate tab in the multitasking menu for easy access. Each web instance is generated automatically, no matter what app it originates in. 

All Hera instances will likely come under a unified UI to make it easy to spot them in your multitasking stack. The indication now is that they might all feature a solid color header that blends in with the notification bar, so all that is held there is the hamburger menu and title. We've already seen a similar UI used in the rumored Gmail redesign that is in the works. 

If this all comes to pass, it would create an Android system that blends the best of native apps with HTML5. Various platforms have tried to adopt HTML5 as the main code base, like webOS and Tizen. Google has already built a vast app ecosystem, but apps aren't needed for every function needed. The rumor doesn't mention it, but this plan could also work well with the new ART runtime planned for Android, because that runtime will be able to run portions of app code as needed, without running the entire app code base. But, right now, it seems to be focused on integrating Chrome into the system more. 


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posted on 06 Apr 2014, 18:51 6

1. DEATHSTROKE9 (Posts: 399; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)


Is it necessary to copy iOS 7? Status bar blending with UI is all over ios 7. Why can't they just stick with a transparent status bar? It looks so much better!

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 18:56 3

2. chistoefur (Posts: 51; Member since: 05 Nov 2012)


Its not copying if it looks better, and is better executed.

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 19:07 7

3. magnanimus (Posts: 291; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


You have to accept OSes will 'borrow' what is good in other OSes from time to time and try to make it unique in their own way. All OSes do this as it helps in improving each of them. I call it a mutual relationship between OSes.

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 19:14 14

6. magnanimus (Posts: 291; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


Example if you're in doubt of this mutual relationship is:
1. The notification bar made popular by android.
2. Flat or 'modern' look by WP.
3. Cloud tracking made popular by iOS.
4. Quick toggles made popular by android.

And many more so accept this :)

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 23:12

15. hurrycanger (Posts: 1090; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)


this is a good one.

posted on 07 Apr 2014, 02:29

19. vincelongman (Posts: 1141; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


iOS 7 'borrowed' transparent status bar from Windows 7's glass Aero theme

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 19:13

4. grahaman27 (Posts: 347; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


Well they are just mockups.... So yeah. But as long as the design looks better, who cares? I won't get mad at apple for making a bigger phone or smartwatch.

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 21:23

11. icyrock1 (Posts: 303; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)


Your in the minority. Just wait tell they do (if they plan to).

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 19:13 10

5. alltechinside (Posts: 239; Member since: 21 Apr 2013)


This is the funniest thing I've read today. Custom Roms HAD Status Bars blend with the UI (Color) long before Apple made iOS 7....

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 21:10 2

10. omar300 (Posts: 181; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)


finally! someone who knows.

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 22:18 2

14. gustavoace (Posts: 95; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)


Exactly... Look for Paranoid Android

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 21:10 2

9. omar300 (Posts: 181; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)


developer on xda had a mod to enable this option since ICS. 2011

posted on 07 Apr 2014, 01:25 1

16. fireblade (Posts: 693; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)


And notification bar is from android. Try trolling harder next time

posted on 07 Apr 2014, 04:07 1

20. AliNSiddiqui (Posts: 373; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)


Android has done this for a long time and Google themselves introduced it with KitKat, so if anything, either Apple copied it or they were executed at the same time.

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 20:41 1

7. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


This sounds good. Everyone is ditching Flash on mobile so this is the next logical step. Just need the desktop websites to ditch it more.

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 21:08

8. express77 (unregistered)


yes they should. playing flash in mobile is headache. there are very few browsers with flash support now and they are also slow and crash too much.

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 21:28 2

12. palmguy (Posts: 247; Member since: 22 Mar 2011)


WebOS......sniff sniff. RIP :(

posted on 07 Apr 2014, 01:25

17. fireblade (Posts: 693; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)


So does Firefox OS

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 21:44

13. elitewolverine (Posts: 1550; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


Interesting, I Wonder if it is like how WP8 does it with their html5 app development on the platform.

http://www.dotnetspark.com/kb/5343-developing-html5-based-application-for-windows.aspx

posted on 07 Apr 2014, 01:42 1

18. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3197; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Current holo design is best looking, all of the current google apps look stunning. But this change is not of my taste. Too colorful.

posted on 07 Apr 2014, 06:43

21. greenlife (Posts: 21; Member since: 26 Mar 2014)


very good Project

posted on 07 Apr 2014, 14:45

22. RandomUsername (Posts: 454; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)


Do not want!

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