Back in December of 2016, Google launched a developer preview of Android Things, its focused effort on the Internet of Things and making even more Android-powered devices.
Google may have gone quiet on Android Things after its initial debut more than a year ago, but it has been hard at work on the effort. And now Android Things 1.0 is officially official and the platform is ready for consumer devices. Google announced on Monday the big update, confirming the official release for consumer devices.
As far as the first devices are concerned, Google says we will see speakers launched from the likes of iHome and LG soon along with “smart displays” from JBL, LG, and Lenovo over the coming months. However, Android Things isn’t meant to specifically launch more Google ecosystem devices or even be an Android accessory. These are just meant to put devices with Android out in the market, giving Google an even bigger presence in the smart home market.
Google announced back in 2016 with the unveiling of Android Things that this would be a way for the company to handle some of the software present in these devices as well as set down the underlying intelligence features. There will be regular security updates, too. It should make it easier for manufacturers to put Google Assistant on a device or make a device easy to use Cast functionality.
The IoT market, along with all the smart devices that fill it up, is one area that Google wants to capitalize on, and Android Things looks like one way to do that.