Google has tried to take some attention away from Build 2018 by releasing Android Things 1.0 – an operating system specially designed for Internet of Things (IoT) devices.
Android Things was first announced back in 2016. It will allow developers to take advantage of Google Assistant, Google Cast, and the company’s knowledge of machine learning.
The platform will use the search giant’s back-end infrastructure to get software updates, developer APIs, and support for certified hardware. The list of supported platforms includes System-on-Modules (SoMs) based on Qualcomm SDA212, Qualcomm SDA624, NXP i.MX8M, and MediaTek hardware platforms.
Google has promised to offer long-term support by pushing stability and security updates for three years. The platform will find its home in a variety of devices like the upcoming smart speakers from LG and iHome, smart displays from Lenovo, LG, and JBL, etc.
However, it doesn’t seem to be limited to regular consumer devices. There are other kinds of stuff in the works. For instance, Mirego is using Android Things to power large photo displays meant for public places. Byteflies is a large docking station that securely transmits wearable health data to the cloud.