Google has introduced a new Android operating system for building IoT-connected devices.
This new Android Things developer platform combines multiple layers of Android and Google tools, which includes Google Cloud Platform, Android Studio and Brillo (Android’s former IoT operating system).
Wayne Piekarski Google Developer Advocate stated in a blog post, “Now any Android developer can quickly build a smart device using Android APIs and Google services, while staying highly secure with updates direct from Google.”
According to Google, users of the new IoT OS will receive patches, security fixes, updates and connectivity to Google Weave in upcoming months. Weave is an IoT communications platform.
Further, Google said that it will be enhancing Weave by adding new device types, custom traits and a mobile application API. As per Google, manufacturers like Samsung SmartThings, Belkin WeMo and Honeywell currently use Weave or are getting ready to implement it. Google is going to merge Weave with Nest Weave, a network and application protocol for supporting connected products, in order to increase the number of devices that can connect with each other reliably.
Piekarski further added, “So whether you started with Google Weave or Nest Weave, there is a path forward in the ecosystem. This is just the beginning of the IoT ecosystem we want to build with you.”