Android Things is Google's official IoT OS

Android Things is Google's official IoT OS
The Internet of Things is still booming and everyone wants in on it. We've already seen Microsoft trying to get Windows 10 and Cortana into everything IoT, but Google wants to remind everyone that it has a hand in the IoT game. Anyone remember what Google's IoT platform is called? If you're super smart or if you googled it, you might remember it was called Brillo.

Yeah, we didn't either until we looked it up, but luckily Google has rebranded its IoT OS as Android Things, which is far far easier to remember. Brillo was based on Android but the platform has been upgraded to allow developers to use the same tools as for Android to make it easier to work on your IoT devices. Google released a new Developer Preview of Android Things, but that's only one part of the update. 

The other side of it is an update to Weave, which is what Google called the tools for getting IoT devices to communicate and work well together. The big update there that is interesting for us is that it should now be easier to use Weave to connect IoT devices to cloud services including Google Assistant. Combine that with Actions on Google and there could be some really cool things on the way. 

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3 Comments

1. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Just called it Google's IOT or Android's IOT. All those fancy names are hard to remember.

2. Papa_Ji

Posts: 780; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

Most of the Leaders of consumer electronic have there own OS... Samsung.....Tizen Lg ......webOS Most probably it will fail.

3. jsobotka

Posts: 54; Member since: Aug 21, 2009

I don't think you know what Android Things is. It's an embedded OS (albeit, likely built on Linux) for IoT devices, not for smartphones, like all of those other OSs you listed. You don't actually specify why you think it will fail, but it's like saying that the OS that operates my Nest or my washing machine will fail because we already have Android and iOS.

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