Android Things: Google’s New OS for Smart Devices


Google introduced Brillo back in 2015. It is an operating system pitched at Android-based smart devices and IoT gadgets. But it hasn’t actually developed the OS much since then.

Now the search giant has decided to reboot and over haul the Project Brillo, formally launching it as Android Things. Android for IoT with design that permits it to work with products like security cameras, smart thermostats, TVs, speakers and much more.

Android Things: Google’s New OS for Smart Devices. The search engine has already released a developer preview of the new system via which any Android developer can: “speedily build a smart device using Android APIs and Google services, whereas staying extremely secure with updates direct from Google.”

Android Things: Google’s New OS for Smart Devices

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Back in 2015, when Google CEO Sundar Pichai (then SVP of products) introduced Brillo, he revealed that,

“People are creating connected devices. But it’s actually difficult for developers and device makers. Just like in early days of smartphones, you don’t know exactly how to build your software stack. Developers don’t know how to target these experiences. And finally, for users it is really difficult to make all of this work together.”

Google further added that it integrated feedback from Project Brillo to embrace tools like Android Studio, the Android Software Development Kit, Google Play Services and Google Cloud Platform.

IoT communications platform Weave will also be updated to make it easier for all types of devices to connect to the cloud and intermingle with facilities comprising Google Assistant.

Qualcomm has also revealed plans to add sustenance for Android Things in its Snapdragon processors.

“By using 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.”

Qualcomm informed.

The company further stated that it expects Android Things running on Snapdragon processors will provide developers familiar connectivity situations. That includes cellular, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth radio access, along with camera, graphics, multimedia and rich user interface competencies.

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