Google is targeting the Android Things iot operating system




on smart speakers and screens
Google announces that its 2016-released operating system for the internet-of-things, called Android Things, will specifically focus on supporting two types of devices: smart speakers and screens.

Google reports that it has achieved success in creating smart speakers and smart screens with built-in Google Assistant support and that the iot operating system is positioned differently for that reason. Android Things is now only used as a platform for manufacturers who make devices in these two product categories.

For that reason, Google says that it no longer supports the system-on-a-modules based on hardware from NXP, Qualcomnm and Mediatek via the public developer platform. Google emphasizes that Android Things remains a platform for experimenting with smart devices that use the Android Things-sdk in combination with ‘popular hardware such as the NXP i.MX7D and the Raspberry Pi 3B’.

Google introduced its Android Things platform at the end of 2016 and then released about ten developer previews. According to Google, automatic updates are one of the key features of Android Things. The company released the 1.0 version of Android Things in May last year . Back then support for the i.MX8M from NXP was added. This is a system-on-a-module, similar to a soc.


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