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Google Pushing Out Android Things OS for Smart Devices

Dec 14, 2016

When it comes to smart devices, Google is hoping that companies will begin using the new Android OS developed for smart devices, which is called Android Things. Android Things will be able to connect to various smart products like speakers and home security systems. Google said that the Android Things operating system will allow companies to begin hardware shipments immediately since the process is the same as using the developer tools most companies already know.

Android Things Looks to be New OS for Smart Devices

When you look at the operating systems for smart devices, it can be complicated because most of them are not exactly the same as big brands like Android or iOS. Google is hoping that more companies will begin making smart hardware and products because the new Android Things OS will just use the same developer tools as the regular Android devices do. Most companies have already made software or hardware for Android smartphones, so it should not be that difficult to translate the same principles into the new Android Things OS.


Android Things is not exactly new though, as it basically is Brillo rebranded and updated. Brillo was an Android-based OS that was out there for the Internet of Things products and other smart devices. It was announced around 18 months ago, but it never really made it off the ground. It was not even at the CES event in 2015 like it was supposed to be, and there has been little talk of  Brillo from Google since. Even though Android Things is similar to Brillo, there are some differences between the two operating systems meant for smart devices.

Android Things can use the same developer tools as standard Android does, which is different from Brillo. In fact, this is the main difference between Android Things and Brillo, which is the ease of use. Google thought that it would be better to make Android Things using the basic Android developer tools because it would allow for more innovation and quicker product releases, since there is no difference between Android and Android Things from that standpoint.

You will not see Android Things though like you do a normal Android system. Android Things will work in the background and then let the smart devices themselves handle the tasks. This is different because Android Things is not going to be the server where the smart devices offload the work to, it will just help the device make it easier to do. You will be able to use Android Things for more complex items, such as power outlets, locks, ovens, printers, and other bigger and more difficult products.

Android Things itself will not be connecting the smart devices to an Android smartphone, but it does have the ability to integrate with both iOS and Android devices, and this would be done through the system known as Weave. 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. We have yet to hear of which companies are already joining Google for Android Things or which companies will make products designed for Android Things OS, although it could be a little too early for those kinds of details.