Google releases Developer Preview for Android Things, its new IoT platform
Google’s Android Things will allow developers to create smart devices using Android APIs and Google services.
Google has announced the Developer Preview of Android Things, the company’s new Internet of Things (IoT) platform based on Android. The platform will allow developers to create smart devices using Android APIs and Google services. Google also took into account the feedback from Project Brillo to include tools such as Android Studio, Android Software Development Kit (SDK), Google Play Services, and Google Cloud Platform to the Developer Preview.
“There are several turnkey hardware solutions available for you to get started building real products with Android Things today, including Intel Edison, NXP Pico, and Raspberry Pi 3,” said Wayne Piekarski, Developer Advocate for IoT, in an Android Developers blogpost.
Google also updated its Weave platform, which now supports Weave Device SDK. The Weave Device SDK has built-in support for devices such as light bulbs, smart plugs and switches, and thermostats. The update also makes it easier for all types of devices to connect to the cloud and interact with the Google Assistant.Read more ↓
Several companies like Belkin WeMo, LiFX, Honeywell, Wink, TP-Link, and First Alert will make use of Weave in future, said Piekarski. Google will merge Weave and Nest Weave in future.
Interestingly, Qualcomm has announced it intends to collaborate with Google to add support for the Android Things operating system in Qualcomm Snapdragon processors. The company, in a press release, said, “By using their expertise in Android and Snapdragon processors to support development of a variety of connected devices aimed at both consumer and industrial applications, this initiative intends to help a vast number of developers participate in the IoT opportunity.“
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