Google Launches Android Things 1.0 Ready For Commercial IoT

Angelica Greene
May 8, 2018

Google's I/O 2018 which is the tech giant's developer conference which will begin from Tuesday, May 8.

This thing is a triple threat, and the exact kind of product Google needs to expand Android TV.

Android Things is Google's managed OS that enables you to build and maintain Internet of Things devices at scale.

Google have also confirmed that they have been working closely with LG and iHome on their smart speakers and with Lenovo, LG, and JBL on their smart displays which will have Google Assistant and Chromecast integration.

It all started in 2015 when Google released Android Auto, an in-car platform that brings the look and feel of a smartphone to a vehicle's center screen.

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Moreover, this time Google has specially planned to address few vulnerable issues which caused a lot of issues in the previous versions of Android. Some are predicting that Google Assistant will get involved, as the company announced "voice functions for Android Auto" coming soon back in January, according to The Verge. Late last week the company sent out invitations to a June 6 event in San Francisco where it's widely believed to be showing a product similar to the one JBL announced today.

At the beginning of this year, Google chose to change the name from Android Wear to Wear OS, to show that it is compatible with both Android as well as iOS.

But this new version of Android is created to be a turnkey system for automakers.

Android derivatives aim to provide users with a consistent interface across devices, while Google and its business partners benefit from a standard way to distribute their applications. That means regardless of what phone they have, all Volvo drivers will be able to take advantage of Google's mapping and voice recognition features, which really can't be a bad thing. Let us know your thoughts below. While Google supports boards like Raspberry Pi, Microsoft promises support for all types of boards. So it's no surprise that Google, with a dedicated its research division, has grand plans of its own for AI, and we might see some of its machine learning capabilities in I/O 2018. Google says the Weave platform is also getting an update to make it easier for all devices to connect to the cloud and interact with services, such as the Google Assistant.

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