In the year 2015, Google has unveiled the Project Brillo, an Android-based operating system for the Internet of Things (IoT). But probably the project has failed to grab the developer’s attention. On Tuesday Google made an announcement that they rebranded the Brillo into Android Things.
The company’s latest Internet of Things (IoT) is currently available as the developers preview. The search giant, Google has been vigorously expanding its Android platform to cover the range of smartphones. The newly implanted Android Things joins the Android family that includes Android Auto, Android TV and Android Wear.
Android Things combines Brillo with Google existing developer tools like Android SDK, Google Play Services, Android Cloud computing services and Android SDK. Through these services, users are allowed to build smart and connected products.
Google has claimed that with its new update will make developing a product much easier than with the case of Brillo. The company also promises to push out the Developers Preview updates so that developers can fix OS patches and security issues.
The company announced that its developer preview is offering ‘Turnkey’ support for Intel Edison, Raspberry Pi 3 and NXP Pico. Android Things will be able to connect the Android and iOS devices through Weave Platform.
Google has unveiled the Weave along with Brillo and it also gets updated to make it easier for the different devices to connect the cloud. Many companies are now trying to get IoT space which helps home solutions, connecting all the devices at once.
The device manufacturers like Phillips Hue and Samsung SmartThings are already using the Weave platform. Other makes like LiFX, Belkin WeMo, Honeywell, TP-Link, Wink and First Alert has begun implementing the platform.
Currently, the Weave SDK supports schemas like thermostats, light bulbs, smart plugs, and switches. Google is trying to add more things in the coming months. Additionally, the company is also planning to merge Google Weave and Next Weave.