The focus on IoT to tap more developers and develop consolidated connected things is on spree. Internet-search giant Google, has lately announced the new Android things – a detailed IoT platform for building smart devices on top of Android APIs and Google’s own services.
Now available for developer preview, the new rollout is tailored for IoT. After Brillo not making much noise in the developer community, the support for Weave, Google’s IoT communications platform that (together with Brillo) makes up Google’s answer to Apple’s HomeKit, is on the roadmap and will come in a later developer preview.
Talking to Tech Crunch, a Google spokesperson said that the company sees Android Things as an evolution of Brillo that builds on what Google learned from this earlier project. Google will work with all early access Brillo users to migrate their projects to Android Things.
Google is also known to have partnered with a number of hardware manufacturers to offer solutions based on Intel Edison, NXP Pico and the Raspberry Pi 3. One interesting twist here is that Google will also soon enable all the necessary infrastructure to push Google’s operating system updates and security fixes to these devices, reported Tech Crunch.
In addition, Google also announced that a number of new smart device makers are putting their weight behind Weave. Belkin WeMo, LiFX, Honeywell, Wink, TP-Link and First Alert will adopt the protocol to allow their devices to connect to the Google Assistant and other devices, for example. The Weave platform is also getting an update and a new Device SDK with built-in support for light bulbs, smart plugs, switches and thermostats, with support for more device types coming soon. Weave is also getting a management console and easier access to the Google Assistant.