After nearly two years of the development phase, Google’s Android Things platform is finally ready to be marketed and equip the consumer devices.
Version 1.0 of Android Things, an OS dedicated to the Internet of Things, is now available for download and the devices that will work with this ecosystem will be available in the coming months, including LG, Lenovo or JBL.
Android Things is designed to make it easier for manufacturers to build their connected devices through two critical components: a Connected Device Management Console and a development program to support hardware platforms.
The launch of this new operating system by the Mountain View firm reinforces its position as a key player in the growing market of connected objects.
An OS intended to facilitate the process of designing connected devices
The culmination of a stable version of the Android Things platform allows Google to manage specific software features while giving businesses the ability to develop Android code. Also, Google provides users with technical support, updates and security patches for 3 years automatically.
The devices produced will be able to communicate with other devices running the Android system but that does not necessarily mean that it will be an Android accessory, it is an integration of the device in the ecosystem of connected objects using Android.
A long-term strategy
In the IoT market, Google’s business strategy across Android Things is clear. The creation of new Android accessories is partly neglected to better focus on the design of a platform that can be used directly by manufacturers to equip their devices.
The more devices and connected devices running on Android, the more the Mountain View giant will be able to dominate the competition by making its technology available to the majority of users.
This advance allows Google to affirm its desire to be one step ahead of the other players in the market of connected objects.
Also published on Medium.