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Google Launches Android Things 1.0 Ready For Commercial IoT

Google Launches Android Things 1.0 Ready For Commercial IoT

The annual developer conference will kick off at the company's headquarters in Mountain View, California on 8th May. Expect lots of cutting edge stuff on the subject that will cross each of Google's various platforms.

The design of the iPhone X is such that there is no room left for the home button that has been synonymous with iPhones thus far.

The use of Android Things console for software updates is however limited to 100 active devices for non-commercial use and developers looking to ship a commercial product running on Android Things must sign a distribution agreement with Google to remove the device limit. As we saw at I/O past year, Google is working with specific vehicle brands to integrate the best of Android Auto into the native interface for some cars, meaning those cars essentially run on Android, but without needing your phone to work. However, enabling this functionality on the basic framework of Android P will mean that manufacturers don't have to specifically develop such functionality on their UI overlays. It also supports Google technologies like Google Assistant and Google Cast. It also won't require owning an Android phone to use. The party trick here is the Android TV and Assistant built-in.

Perhaps the most crucial part of this week's I/O keynote could have to do with artificial intelligence. Now called Wear OS, the newly branded OS just picked up a few new Assistant features to make it a more powerful wrist companion.

On the eve of Google IO, and while Microsoft was talking up IoT at its own developer show, Google announced the release of Android Things 1.0, its own Android-based IoT platform.

Given that Google's I/O developer conference starts tomorrow, it's a bit curious that Google decided to make the 1.0 announcement a day early. The development comes less than three weeks after the company released the eighth (and now confirmed as final) developer preview of the solution, with Google stating Android Things is now ready to be used for building commercial Internet of Things products and will be supported as such. A new name is nice, but we want to see some substance to go along with it. The productivity sections on most app stores are crammed with tools to help you organise your life.

The company is also putting in efforts to utilize artificial intelligence in other Alphabet business too like the Waymo self-driving vehicle so we should expect to hear more about AI-based products.


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