LeapDroid team has struck gold after Google has hired the team for reasons that haven’t been revealed.
The announcement of the hiring was made by the team in a post on its site and with this the Android emulator for Windows will no longer be available. While the reasons haven’t been revealed it won’t be too far-fetched to assume that Google is looking to boost the Android emulation it offers on the Chrome OS platform. Google could also be looking towards augmenting its Android Instant Apps platform, and other app streaming technology it has been investing in over the years.
LeapDroid on its website said it would be discontinuing development of the product, which is not being bought by Google. Existing users can continue to use the app, however, support will end and builds of the app will no longer be available. Silicon Valley-based LeapDroid was founded in April 2015 by Huan Ren and Huihong Luo, and the public build of the emulator was released in June 2016.
The search giant late last month announced it had picked up Eyefluence, a three-year-old startup that had been developing eye-tracking software for digital displays. Google has several interests for the technology, which enables users to interact with displays using their eyes, with the biggest being VR and AR.