We have been hearing about Internet of Things (IoT) for a long time. The concept of IoT devices: smart internet connected devices has seen a humongous growth thanks to the advent of affordable platforms like Raspberry Pi, Arduino.
Android Things is a new operating system by Google that will make easier for developers to build IoT products. Android Things is the latest attempt by Google to become a leading player in the IoT space and to speed up the widespread adoption of IoT.
How it helps IoT Industry?
The main advantage of Android Things is its ability to run on a variety of IoT devices like security cameras, connected speakers, smart thermostats, etc. With it, companies can quickly bring new, life-changing smart products to the market.
How it Works?
Android Things caters to more smart IoT devices and can also integrate with Android and iOS devices. Android Things is the successor and a rebranded version of Brillo, an android based OS which supported Wi-Fi, Bluetooth Low Energy, and other Peripherals.
Brillo used C++ as the primary development environment which has become a bottleneck for developers in building apps. Hence to support less complex devices Google shifted from Brillo to a new advanced version of android OS called as the Android Things.
Android Things uses the most popular Android development environment to make it easier for android developers to connect IoT devices. Currently, Google has provided its Android Things System Images for these three boards: Raspberry Pi 3, Intel Edison, and NXP Pico. This helps to quickly build smart connected devices by leveraging Android APIs and Google’s cloud-based services for delivering updates. By leveraging multiple other services in the Google Cloud Platform, new IoT devices can process huge amounts of data and can make use of it.
With Android Things, Google is betting big on IoT and is trying to capitalize on the IoT space with its strong community of Android developers. Android Things would result in a unified platform and a better experience for the consumer.