Google Ushers in its IoT Endeavour with the Release of Android Things

December 14, 2016, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Google has often been giving the required leg up to IoT expansion with its range of interconnected products and services. Now it’s getting inside the domain more aggressively. The Mountain View Company has just started rolling out Android Things, an entirely new Android-based platform for the Internet of Things devices.

The rolled out version is only a developer preview version, which intends to cater the developers of IoT devices. Google’s IoT ecosystem will be offering direct integration with a host of its services including Android Studio, Android SDK, Google Play Services and Google’s cloud computing services.

Android Things will also have the Weave platform updated at a later stage so as to make the connection of devices with cloud services easier. Weave has been currently employed by many leading IoT products like Philips Hue and Samsung SmartThings.


The likes of Belkin WeMo, LiFX, Honeywell, Wink, TP-Link and First Alert are also now joining forces to make the most of Weave. The measure comes as a result of Google’s continuous assessment of the feedback received for Brillo, the IoT platform that was revealed last year by Google.

Alongside, Google has also released the fourth developer preview for Android Wear 2.0. The additions include the ability to return to a previous page/exit an app by swipe gestures, compatibility for Android Wear 1.0 apps, expansion of Google Play API, and seamless integration of Android Wear devices with Android smartphones. Factory images of the new developer preview have been made available for Huawei Watch and LG Watch Urbane devices.

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