Newsletter - January 2018

Google Developers
January, 2018

This edition marks our 1 year anniversary yay! ! 2017 was a memorable year with lots of great news: Fabric and Firebase joined forces. Android Instant Apps became publicly available for all developers. Android Studio added support for Kotlin . The Web Components website and AdMob were revamped, while Google Open Source got a new home. We introduced the Google Assistant SDK , ARCore , Cloud Firestore , AMP Start , AIY Projects , and many other developer tools and features. We also started the Google Developers Launchpad Studio to help accelerate applied ML and AI innovation. And together, we celebrated the winners of the 2nd annual Google Play Indie Games Festival .

We hope to bring you more exciting news throughout 2018. Thank you for being a loyal reader.


Google I/O 2018


This year’s developer festival is confirmed to take place on May 8-10 at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA. The dates were revealed through an interactive digital game utilizing Street View to provide clues to solve a series of puzzles on our website.
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  • Launchpad Space in San Francisco is now 1 year old, and continues to advance its mission of bringing together the tech community to share opportunities to learn, grow successful businesses, and network. On its own, and in its inaugural year, Space engaged over 10K startups, connected them to over 30 Google teams, and brought together entrepreneurs and developers from 179 countries. Find upcoming events .
  • Class 5 of Launchpad Accelerator just kicked off with 24 new global startups. Startups like Mapan and EdGE Networks who were part of previous classes have seen success since graduating from the program! Express interest in applying .
  • Actions on Google just got a new directory, increased device availability, and improved smart home controls.
  • Be the first to hear about new Google open source releases by following the Google Open Source newly launched Twitter , Facebook , and Google+ accounts.
  • Googler Mustafa Kurtuldu offers some research and design approaches to improve mobile performance - both perceived and measured.
  • GAPID (Graphics API Debugger) is a new 3D debugging tool to diagnose rendering and performance issues and save you precious development time.
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