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Google's Sky Map App Becomes Open Source

On their recent announcement, Google has revealed it is going to make the Sky Map app available for the open source community. Thus, from now on, developers can get a copy of this application's source code via the Google Code website.

In fact, the Mountain View based giant has decided to collaborate with Carnegie Mellon University to improve the application via a series of projects that will be carried out by university students. The second reason for making Google Sky Map an open source code is that now developers can improve the code and create their own augmented reality tools.

The app was first developed in 2009; since its launch it has been downloaded more than 20 million times.

"Today, we are delighted to announce that we are going to share Sky Map in a different way: we are donating Sky Map to the community," the company stated in a blog post, reports Tech Shout.

It seems that Google has extensive and ambitious plans for the new year. In fact, they are also planning to shut down or merge various services that currently exist, but have failed to make a mark on the world wide web.

The open source project code will be known as Stardroid - it is available on Google's developer website.