Previously, development of Acre apps had to be achieved via the Google-owned Freebase.com, meaning developers wishing to build on the platform had to build the apps on the company's server, using Google's app editor. However, Google's behind-the-scenes work on taking the project fully open source means apps can now be built in a developer's native environment, using tools that are familiar to them.
Freebase, a part of Metaweb, is an open, structured database that contains information about 12 million people, places, films, books, events and businesses. According to Google, the database contains about 400 million facts and connections between entities.
Metaweb was acquired by Google on 16 July as part of the company's desire to "improve search and make the web richer and more meaningful for everyone", as Google said at the time, adding that this would be "good for webmasters and good for users".