Unveiling Google's Hidden Gems: Six Open Source Projects You Never Knew Existed

Unveiling Google's Hidden Gems: Six Open Source Projects You Never Knew Existed
Unveiling Google's Hidden Gems: Six Open Source Projects You Never Knew Existed

6 Open Source Google Projects You've Never Heard Of

Google has always been a champion of open source software. Chromium, which powers the Chrome browser, and the Android operating system are perfect examples of Google's massive contributions to open source projects. But the company has many more projects in production, most of which nobody has heard of. Some of these will probably never see the light of day, but sometimes one works out and becomes a part of our digital lives. So, let's take a look at six of Google's more interesting open source projects that you may not have heard of.

1. Carbon


C++ is a powerful programming language that has been a cornerstone of software development for decades. As software becomes more complex, the language's age is beginning to show. Enter Google's attempt to replace it with a more modern programming language, called Carbon.

Carbon is a Google-backed open source project found on GitHub. It is being designed for interoperability with C++ so that programs built with the older language will still be usable.


  • Readability and user-friendliness: Carbon uses clear syntax and logical language.
  • Gentle learning curve: Carbon is designed to be easy for veteran C++ programmers to quickly pick up and use.
  • Speed: C++ is fast, and Carbon promises to be even faster.

2. Pigweed


Small and powerful devices comprise most of the Internet of Things (IoT). Google is creating Pigweed to provide a versatile framework that can help streamline their development. It's a collection of libraries and tools and serves as a foundation for anything that depends on microcontrollers (tiny computers inside our smallest gadgets).


  • Modular design: Mix-and-match pre-built components to suit your specific needs.
  • Cross-platform: Pigweed works on a wide range of microcontrollers and operating systems.
  • Reliability: Google is creating robust code that is tested for dependability.

3. Draco


You'll find 3D models everywhere, in games, movies, VR, and digital design tools. Google's Draco is an open source library that helps tackle the challenge of compressing large 3D files to be exported. Draco compresses 3D mesh geometry, making these huge models easier to store or transmit.


  • Small file sizes: Draco

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