There was no press release, no blog post, and certainly no mention of it at Google I/O, but app developers sounded less surprised than wary about reports Google had acquired streaming services startup Agawi, a move Google subsequently confirmed to TechCrunch.
Agawi's technology would potentially allow consumers to stream apps the way they do Spotify or Netflix. Several media reports suggested this might be a way for Google to discourage downloads in favor of using the mobile Web, where its search engine reigns supreme.
For a number of developers on Twitter, the fact the deal was kept under wraps for this long was as noteworthy as the M&A itself.
Google made secret acquisition of Agawi http://t.co/wy0NXDIrG2— Warren Tom (@warrenwtom) June 18, 2015
Naturally, there was some sentiment that this was just further proof of a sea change in mobile:
Some developers didn't see the Agawi deal as a threat as much as a way for the Android maker to have a strategic backup plan.
There were also several comments suggesting streaming apps will not merely be limited to live versions of "endless runners" and other consumer app genres.
Google clearly sees this technology as being about more than just games http://t.co/Y297bOGLPj— Ben Basche (@basche42) June 18, 2015
And finally, there were some that sounded hopeful Agawi would not mean a war on apps, but a way to improve mobile user experiences.
A big step forward of Google, but even a bigger step for the whole app-based world. https://t.co/Uxmv0qncOV— Andre Wang (@AndreWeiChe) June 18, 2015