The concept of IoT has emerged rapidly in the ever-growing technology landscape thereby bringing great benefits to the users and taking them a level high day by day. Likewise, with the entry of Android in the market, it got incorporated in almost every device from smartphones to TVs and gave users an opportunity to get connected in a more effective way.
Google took a step forward in this direction by announcing an Android-based project called Brillo for the Internet of Things. As it is based on Android, it is named as “Android Things”. This project basically supports all the Android devices like Android TV, Android Auto, and Android Wear. The main purpose of this project is to make the Android availability cheaper for the IoT hardware. This developer preview of “Android Things” offers support to Intel Edison, NXP Pico, and the Raspberry Pi3.
With Android Things, developers are benefited to use Android APIs and Google Services to build their projects which will further allow them to take the advantage of Android Studio, the official SDK, and services offered by Google Play. Moreover, it will empower the developers to communicate more effectively between the devices with the help of Google Weave protocol. You can also use it to communicate with Google Cloud services like Google Cloud Vision.
Moreover, with this new announcement, Google tries to solve those issues which normally arise in the Android updates and will also fix the security issues that arise with IoT. Android Things basically is an OS that works in the background to allow the devices perform on their own, the tasks that are complex instead of loading them on a server for processing. This means that Android Things will support more and bigger smart devices/products like printers, light bulbs, locks, ovens, and more in future.
If we speak of the Weave, Google will also release an SDK public device for the Weave protocol. Google will also allow an access to the Google Assistant and management console. Currently, the Weave device SDK will support schemas for thermostats, switches and smart plugs. It will support more of such devices in future.
Google is also working towards merging “Google Weave” and “Nest Weave” which are currently two separate things. The merging of these two will give an opportunity to the devices on both the platforms to become more powerful in future. It is noted that companies like Belkin WeMo, LiFX, Honeywell, Wink, TP-Link, First Alert, and more along with SmartThings and Hue have also taken a step forward in the direction of adopting Weave.
With this announcement, Android Things will soon hit the markets and release its public source code.