Google’s Android Things is the newest available developer option available for IoT or the Internet of Things, an area expected to continue growing.
Google has long since been recognized as an innovator. The Internet giant company initiated or is involved in a series of new projects and areas. Space exploration is just one such project.
Another is Artificial Intelligence and its future uses and development. As such, entering the Internet of Things domain seems to be the next step.
Internet of Things devices are expected to become a common household feature. A number of such devices is already available, and more such products are expected to be released.
Google had already tried entering the area. Their first such attempt was the Project Brillo. Now, the company has announced a public developer preview of their newest project.
The Android Things is an Android-based Internet of Things operating system. In its preview mode, it will be restricted to an invitation-only access.
Based on Project Brillo, it could become one of the most comprehensive attempts at entering the area. It could also potentially be seen as a successor to the Android Home. This was an early version of a home automation operating system.
Android Things will have a number of initial features. These include an Android developer framework. Encompassing the Android Studio, developers will have the necessary tools for running, developing, and debugging codes.
Android framework APIs will have a number of well-set functions. They will simply the peripheral interfaces access. Library support for the common hardware peripherals will also be included. As will Android extensions capable of supporting zero or more displays devices.
Google Play Services will be accessible from the device through the Android Things. This will offer Google APIs access to cloud, voice and authentication services.
The Android Things future options will feature more options. Incorporations of current services have already been envisioned. Amongst these services, one can include the Weave platform and the Google Cloud Platform.
Google IoT Developer Console and over-the-air updates should also become available.
Android Things has already been made available to for Raspberry Pi 3 and the NXP Pico. Intel Edison support was also released and Intel Joule Computer Module will be coming soon.
Things is expected to draw on board quite a number of industry partners and third-parties. Intel already was a Project Brillo partner.
Qualcomm has also announced its intent of joining the IoT developer platform.
In the statement announcing the Android Things, Google also offered Weave news. The company announced that it will be updating the system. As such, more devices should be able to connect more easily.
By connecting, they will gain access to the cloud. It will also enable the interaction with services such as the Google Assistant.
Weave users already include device makers such as Samsung SmartThings and Philips Hue. Belkin WeMo, Honeywell, First Alert, and TP-Link are amongst the makers currently implementing it.
The launch version of the Android Things will work with five specific packages. The system-on-a-module packs should ensure the software-hardware combinations. They will have support services as well as official plug-in attachments.
These are expected to become the core of the future IoT products. Such products will be running on the Android Things software.
Most expect this new development channel to have a quick rise. Still, it remains to be seen if the Android Things will take off. It also remains to be seen how good it will fare on the long-term.
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