Google isn't giving up on the Internet of Things. The company just announced it's releasing a developer preview of Android Things, a new operating system that will make it easier for developers to code for IoT.
The new OS contains feedback from Google's previous Android-based IoT OS, Brillo. Android Things will still have tools for Android Studio, the Android SDK, Google Play Services and Google Cloud Platform - with updates to all the software.
Added to the mix is Weave. This should make it easier for all types of devices to connect to the cloud and interact with services like the Google Assistant, Philips Hue, Samsung SmartThings, Belkin WeMo, LiFX, Honeywell, Wink, TP-Link and First Alert.
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You can also start making devices with dev kits from Intel Edison, NXP Pico and Raspberry Pi 3.
It's possible that the release of Google Home has continued the push into IoT which really, is great for all of us. We've enjoyed using Amazon Echo as a home base for our smart stuff around the house, but Google Home sorely needs more features to make it really useful.
Android Things sounds like an enticing package for developers already familiar with the Android framework and hopefully means we'll start getting additional devices synced together for a more cohesive IoT network on Home.
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