Google Finds a New Home for Sky Map

Advertisement

So far today, we’ve talked to you about projects undergoing the transition to open source, in the form of HP’s webOS, as well as updates to a few Google Android apps. As fate would have it, those two paths are crossing, with some bittersweet news about Google Sky Map.

While Sky Map doesn’t help out your productivity like other Google apps do, and it targets somewhat of a specific niche (though we suppose astronomy geeks and smartphone fanatics are groups that would tend to overlap quite a bit), it’s still a pretty neat demonstration of augmented reality, and provides a good deal of entertainment to the intellectually curious. That’s why we were disappointed to see its inclusion on a list of products and services that Google will be retiring.

There’s good news at the end of this tunnel, though, as Google’s going to be passing the Sky Map reigns to a group out of Carnegie Mellon; with the app originating from Google’s Pittsburgh crew, that sounds like a perfect home for it. The app will go open source with CMU maintaining further development as students contribute new data to it. Sounds good to us.

Source: Google

Via: XDA-Developers

Advertisement

What's your reaction?
Love It
0%
Like It
0%
Want It
0%
Had It
0%
Hated It
0%
About The Author
Stephen Schenck
Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bitsRead more about Stephen Schenck!