Internet of Things is gaining momentum at the speed of a rocket. This fastly developing technology is being accepted by various big companies all around the world. Internet of Things is basically connecting of various Smart Devices via networking for better communication. Here in this article, we will be talking about the Android Things, a platform to build smart devices using IoT Products.
Introduction to Android Things
Google recently announced Android Things – an Android based Operating System for Internet of Things and various Smart Devices. According to the Developer’s Page of Android, it says, “If you can build an App, you can build a device.”
As we all know that, Android is the most supported OS all around the world. By Considering various Factors which affects developers, Google introduced Android Things. Developers can build a smart device using Android APIs and Google Services.
Is there any Project before Android Things?
Yes, Before Android Things the Google was working on other project called Google Brillo. As per a source, Google Brillo was the Lightweight version of Android introduced a year and a half ago, but the developers intended to use all the Significant Features of Android and have the Best Android Experience. So Google introduced Android Things, a new OS to build IoT Devices.
As per the Company, it says “it incorporated the feedback from Project Brillo to include familiar tools such as Android Studio, the Android Software Development Kit (SDK), Google Play Services, and Google Cloud Platform.”
Android Things Overview
Google has introduced the Developer Preview of Android Things. Using this Preview, Developer will be able to get Regular Security Fixes, OS updates, and other key updates.
Apart from this, Company is going to introduce Weave Platform in Android Things, by which user will be able to connect to cloud services and to interact using Google Assistant. As per resource, Philips Hue and Samsung SmartThings are already using Weave, while other companies like Belkin WeMo, LiFX, Honeywell, Wink, TP-Link, and First Alert are also focusing on accepting the Platform in near future. Google is focusing on connecting two platforms, Weave and Next Weave in order to provide better security and reliability.
As per the current scenario, weave SDK supports various smart devices like light bulbs, smart plugs and switches, and thermostats. In order to built smart devices, Google’s Android Things is supporting various hardware development kits like Intel Edison, NXP Pico, and Raspberry Pi 3.
Google is Hoping to Introduce various Smart Devices using Android Things. The most important feature of the company is the support of Cloud Services. You can access the Android Things Developer Preview here.