After almost two years of development, Google has released Android Things 1.0

Google released Android Things 1.0,  its Android operating system for smart devices ( home devices connected to the internet or IoT), shaking the ever-changing IoT landscape. The idea behind Android Things is to bring you a one-size-fits-all software optimized with constant security updates and support from Google, complemented by flashy framework updates as your usage needs evolve.

What's the objective?

Making IoT Android development simple.

In other words, Android Things creates an operating system layer to give household devices running on the Android framework a unified method with better communication and connectivity. This, in turn, creates a stable and standardized environment where the user interface becomes an extension of developers while at the same time offering rules and security.

So, what are the benefits?

Today many companies develop using Android technology, creating whatever they can think of bending the Android framework on a whim. Sometimes this happens without thinking further about the outcome or consequences of connectivity to other systems. That is why Android Things will focus on:

  • Security
  • Support updates
  • Development speed

Making the process of development simpler provides gadget producers freedom to focus on user experience rather than a basic interface.

The partners on the Beta Quest.

Android Things was mentioned at Google I/O 2016 so it ’s not a secret at all. with that said, there aren’t any products ready for the end consumer yet. We’ll have to wait at least until 2019 to have a fully optimized gadget running on Android Things. If we are lucky, we will be treated with a nice Christmas present in Q4 of 2018. You can expect to see products from the following partners:

  • Mediatek                                                                          
  • NXP Pico
  • Raspberry Pi
  • Qualcomm
  • Lenovo

What’s the big deal about this?

It is a trimmed down and faster version of the most popular mobile OS in the world. Android is ready to interact with smart devices around your home, and the design has been simplified to save power.

The big fuss about it is that the starter kit for the developers includes access to Google Assistant, the smart voice controller for most Android and Google Home devices.

These are just a few benefits that come with this new framework. Google is hoping to push creativity and innovation giving standard construction blocks helping developers spend less time trying to make a device compatible with the different system, reducing the cost and time to finish software, and focus on how it translates to UI/UX design and value creation.

 

Cesar Contreras

Cesar Contreras

A marketing professional with a passion for tech and content.