Google plumps up one-click mobile cloud

Mobile Backend Starter revs Android apps

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

Google is tightening the links between its cloud services and the Android mobile OS to help it woo developers into its rentable infrastructure with a new service for deploying mobile apps onto its cloud.

With the release of the Mobile Backend Starter on Monday, the Mountain View Chocolate Factory unwrapped a tech that takes the complication out of designing the modular infrastructure needed for mobile apps to cope with spiky demand.

The one-click deployable package of generic cloud infrastructure includes a server that stores data inside App Engine, a client library, built-in support for Google Authentication, and a sample application. Developers can add support for Google Cloud Messaging and continuous queries if they want.

"Mobile Backend Starter gives you everything you need to rapidly set up a backend for your app, without needing to write any backend code," the company wrote. "It provides a ready-to-deploy, general purpose cloud backend and a general purpose client-side framework for Android."

The tech can work alongside Google's recently announced Cloud Endpoints technology to let developers automate both the backend, and the security and support client libraries for their apps.

With Mobile Backend Starter, Google's cloud has one-upped Amazon, and maintained parity with Azure. But Google's natural Android expertise give it an advantage over Azure, which supports Windows Store, iOS, Android, HTML and, of course, Windows Phone 8 backends.

Though we here at El Reg tend to focus more on the tech used by IT in businesses, we like to keep an eye on the peculiar horse race that is cloud computing, because developers who are starting out in the cloud will develop expertise for the specific stack they work within. If they spend more time in Azure, they'll be inclined to think of apps in the way Microsoft likes them to be structured (more links with on-premise Windows software, more .NET); if Amazon, then they'll design more ambitious cloud-first programs but at the expense of portability; and if Google, then there'll get used to certain complex tasks – such as identity authentication or virtual networking – being handled by the Chocolate Factory. ®

New hybrid storage solutions


Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Security and trust: The backbone of doing business over the internet
Explores the current state of website security and the contributions Symantec is making to help organizations protect critical data and build trust with customers.