Google is bringing in a little Apple essence in its cake. Focusing on creating an ecosystem, Google wants Android to power everything, and it has a new operating system to do that, called Android Things. Like its clear from the name itself, the primary target of the operating system is the Internet of Things market, which includes smart thermostats, TVs, ovens, and more. Also Read - Best camera phones under Rs 35000 to buy in July 2021: Pixel 4a, Mi 11X, and moreAlso Read - Timex Helix Smart 2.0 with temperature sensor, heart rate sensor launched: Details here
The Android Things isn t exactly a new thing , but it in fact builds on Brillo, an Internet of Things OS Google introduced in May 2015. Google says that the new operating system aims at leveraging existing Android development tools, APIs, resources, and a thriving developer community. Yesterday, Google announced a developer preview of Android Things, which will be able to run on the Raspberry Pi 3, Intel Edison and NXP Pico hardware platforms. These certified development boards include the System on Chip (SoC), RAM, wireless radios, and more to get developers started Also Read - Netflix could launch its video game streaming service next year, at no extra cost
Android Things incorporates the feedback that Brillo generated, Google further says. It is designed to allow developers quickly build devices that can use Android APIs and Google services. Android Things will include tools such as the Android SDK (software development kit), Google Cloud Platform, Google Play Services, and Android Studio. ALSO READ: Google to install its servers in Cuba for the first time
Another benefit of the integrated ecosystem will be that Google will be able to update Android Things devices directly, which will be pivotal in bring more security and other features. Google will also allow developers to send out their own updates to their devices.
The company further revealed that it is working on updating its Weave IoT communications platform with a version that will make it easier for Internet of Things gear to connect to the cloud and use Google services. Weave is already being used by Philips Hue and Samsung SmartThings product lines. Weave includes an SDK with schemas for light bulbs, smart switches, smart plugs and thermostats. Google says more schemas are on the way. The company is also working to merge Weave with Nest Weave, a protocol for communication among products from Google parent Alphabet s Nest division and between those devices and ones from other vendors. ALSO READ: Is Google back-tracking from building its own driverless car?