Demand for devices that use artificial intelligence, such as smart speakers, is particularly high in China and Brazil, with a recent report from PwC indicating that consumers in those countries are twice as likely to buy such devices as are those in the US, the UK or France.
Game developers can make use of Google Maps through Google's Unity game engine. One agency using this is Next Games, which is developing a game based on "The Walking Dead" that will integrate real-world events.
Blue Vision Labs, an augmented reality startup based in London, has announced $14.5 million in a Series A round of funding. Alphabet's venture capital arm, GV, led the round, with other contributions coming from Horizons Ventures, Accel and SV Angel.
Samsung and its American subsidiary Harman have announced a strategic association to develop apps and devices for the SmartThings platform. Samsung acquired SmartThings in 2014 for about $200 million.
The standout conclusion from this year's Stack Overflow survey of developers is that they're putting in an immense amount of overtime sharpening their skills and abilities, writes Matthew Hughes. About half of all professional developers are still finding time to contribute to open-source projects.
Routines with sets of specified actions are on the way for Google Assistant. Rita El Khoury examines the six that will be offered initially in the next few weeks: Good Morning, Bedtime, Leaving Home, I'm Home, Commuting to Work and Commuting Home.
Spending on mobile games exceeded that for games on home and handheld consoles, PCs and Macs last year combined, and its growth rate is the fastest, an App Annie and IDC report has found. The report also notes the growth of the Asia-Pacific region in terms of both spending and game creation and innovation.
Developers have a better way to host massive multiplayer games with Google's new open-source game platform Agones. It's built on Google's Kubernetes, an open-source orchestration platform that has quickly assumed the role of industry standard.