Google rumored to be working on an app streaming service similar to NVIDIA Grid

Google rumored to be working on an app streaming service similar to NVIDIA Grid
According to a new report from The Information, Google is secretly working on a new project that would allow Android users to stream apps over the web instead of downloading and installing them locally. In a nutshell, the idea is that Google's app streaming service will enable users to access apps via the web browser.

The sources suggest that this project is tied with Google's recent acquisition of Agawi, a startup focused on web-based app streaming.

Before being acquired by Google, Agawi is said to have collaborated with NVIDIA. The details of the collaboration between NVIDIA and Agawi have not been disclosed to the public. However, given the focus of the startup, chances are that it had something to do with Grid, NVIDIA's cloud-based streaming service.

If NVIDIA's Grid can stream graphics-intensive games over the web at a latency that comes close to games that run locally, then it wouldn't be entirely unthinkable for Google to pull off cloud-based app streaming.

Like with Grid, the advantages of such an app streaming system would include the fact that the local machine wouldn't need much processing power to be able to run even the most demanding mobile apps and games. In theory, the system could also be expanded to let users run Android apps on any modern browser inside any modern operating system, although Google might want to restrict this functionality to Android users. However, the real question is whether customers will embrace the idea.

As The Information suggests, this does seem like a good idea for presenting potential app buyers with a demo of the software before they commit to a purchase. On the on the other hand, we're not sure if people would be willing to let Google possess sensitive information that usually resides inside third-party apps such as Facebook. The fact that Google would be acting as an intermediary between the user and the actual app content might raise some serious privacy concerns.

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13 Comments

1. Android_Lollipop

Posts: 155; Member since: May 05, 2015

Any new technology should be welcomed. Please don't hinder it by raising privacy concerns. If you have privacy concerns, don't use it If you don't have privacy concerns, use it.

2. jcru2001

Posts: 24; Member since: Dec 27, 2011

The interesting questions that come to mind: -how do you use an app if you're offline (airplane) -can sensitive info just be stored locally (probably) -how will this impact data caps and restrictions (maybe) -more or less processing power/battery power -more or less ram usage -what will tmobile and sprint customers do (joke)

6. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

offline - depends on game or app info - most likely you want sensitive info off the device in a encrypted server data caps - your screwed with this power - more usage since you are using either wifi or cell extensively during the process ram - probably less because you are streaming and its doing less work, could be wrong tmobile - fastest LTE in the nation, as well as cheapest fully unlimited...

3. jcru2001

Posts: 24; Member since: Dec 27, 2011

....but in my opinion, this is useful forward thinking and technology. Google always thinking outside the box and creating. This is what Apple seems to be lacking (again IMHO)

5. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Different approach Apple is about making the next billon, next trillon dollars. Good for cotton mouth below. Most of my peer that use Apple product exclusive have very little knowledge on technology. They want easy to use, don't want to use their brain to figure things out which is a good match for Apple target group. The only down side is that Apple will lock them in and sell them expensive accessories and services since Apple customer effectively has no alternatives.

7. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

facepalm

9. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Everything has its plus points and its minus points if you choose to remain objective.

11. vacillantfall

Posts: 13; Member since: Jun 17, 2015

quiet fandroid. Google only makes smartphone OS because of the success Apple has.

12. Hitokage

Posts: 103; Member since: Mar 01, 2015

And then you realize Android was in creation well before the iPhone ever came out.

13. vacillantfall

Posts: 13; Member since: Jun 17, 2015

Even so. Smartphones are relevant due to iOS massive success that fandroids relish in thanks to iOS. Droidfag.

4. BoobyBuster

Posts: 62; Member since: Jun 18, 2015

Another malware to spy on people.

8. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Not sure on this one...

10. ricardojcmc

Posts: 10; Member since: May 20, 2015

So, every mobile phone will just be a client in a reeeeeally large network?

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