Android Things is Google's new OS for Internet of Things


Google on 13 December announced the launch of the developer preview of its new IoT platform, Android Things.

Now when IoT devices are increasingly coming under attack from hackers, Google announced a rebranding of the experimental project to "Android Things" and even dropped a developer preview for users to test.

Piggybacking on that announcement, Qualcomm on Tuesday said it plans to work with Google to add support for the new Android Things operating system in its Snapdragon processors. "There's no need for kernel, firmware or board development", Google adds.

Google has rebranded Project Brillo - an Android-based OS for the Internet of Things - and is now called Android Things. The idea behind Brillo was to create a stripped-down version of Android for devices that are smaller and less powerful than smartphones. Amid the delays and rescheduling, Google has made a decision to roll back some of the behaviour and functionality changes Android Wear 2.0 was set to include. All of this seems like Google is really trying to push to make Android part of the smart devices market, but it is unclear how many companies at this point will be moving to the Android Things OS. That includes the Intel Edison, the NXP Pico i.MX6UL, and, of course, the Raspberry Pi 3.

The collaboration will result in Qualcomm's Snapdragon processors being able to run Android Things, an operating system designed exclusively to cater towards the Internet of Things.

The Weave SDK includes support for inputs from microcontrollers or a management console.

The Weave SDK supports lightbulbs, smart plugs, switches, and thermostats, but Google says increased support is on the way. The CoWatch, which was released earlier this year, looks like Android Wear, but is much richer in features, including Alexa artificial intelligence system that can control smart home appliances and taking online orders. Finally, we're also working towards merging Weave and Nest Weave to enable all classes of devices to connect with each other in a secure and reliable way. Or, in other words, put Google at the heart of an IoT ecosystem.

Google said that more companies are starting to implement Weave compatibility, including Belkin WeMo, LiFX, Honeywell, Wink, TP-Link and First Alert.