Google in an effort to make its mark in the Internet of Things has announced two latest developments to its IoT developer platform to make it faster and easier for developers to create smart connected products.
The developer preview of Android Things, a platform to build connected devices for a wide variety of consumer, retail, and industrial applications was launched today. The statement explaining Android Things read,
Now any Android developer can quickly build a smart device using Android APIs and Google services, while staying highly secure with updates direct from Google. We incorporated the feedback from Project Brillo to include familiar tools such as Android Studio, the Android Software Development Kit (SDK), Google Play Services, and Google Cloud Platform. And in the coming months, we will provide Developer Preview updates to bring you the infrastructure for securely pushing regular OS patches, security fixes, and your own updates, as well as built-in Weave connectivity and more.
In order to start building real products, Google has partnered with hardware manufacturers like Intel Edison, NXP Pico and Raspberry Pi.
Along with Android Things announcement, Google also said that it is updating the Weave platform to make it easier for all kinds of devices to connect to the cloud and interact with Google services. Explaining further on the developments at Google Weave, the statement said,
Device makers like Philips Hue and Samsung SmartThings already use Weave, and several others like Belkin WeMo, LiFX, Honeywell, Wink, TP-Link, and First Alert are implementing it. Weave provides all the cloud infrastructure, so that developers can focus on building their products without investing in cloud services. Weave also includes a Device SDK for supported microcontrollers and a management console. The Weave Device SDK currently supports schemas for light bulbs, smart plugs and switches, and thermostats. In the coming months we will be adding support for additional device types, custom schemas/traits, and a mobile application API for Android and iOS. Finally, we’re also working towards merging Weave and Nest Weave to enable all classes of devices to connect with each other in a secure and reliable way. So whether you started with Google Weave or Nest Weave, there is a path forward in the ecosystem.