Google open-sources gRPC
Google is releasing a new framework for managing remote procedure calls into open source. The gRPC framework is based on the HTTP/2 standard, and it is designed to simplify the creation of scalable APIs and micro services in programming languages and platforms, according to the company.

“gRPC is based on many years of experience in building distributed systems,” wrote Mugur Marculescu, product manager at Google, on the company’s blog. “With the new framework, we want to bring to the developer community a modern, bandwidth- and CPU-efficient, low-latency way to create massively distributed systems that span data centers, as well as power mobile apps, real-time communications, IoT devices, and APIs.”

The project features support for C, C++, Go, Java, Node.js, Python and Ruby.

Android Pay API reportedly set to launch at Google I/O
Google is set to unveil an Android Pay service and API at its Google I/O developer conference in May.

Sources told Ars Technica the payment API will power in-store and in-app mobile transactions for third-party Android applications, enabling single-tap transactions. According to Ars, Android Pay will be based atop Android Host Card Emulation, which makes it easier for third-party apps to take advantage of Android phones’ Near Field Communications chips.