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Android Things exits beta as Google jumps further into the IoT

Android Things exits beta as Google jumps further into the IoT

The Android Things Console includes a new interface to configure hardware peripherals, enabling build-time control of the Peripheral I/O connections available and device properties such as GPIO resistors and I2C bus speed. When you plug the JBL Link Bar into your TV, for example, you can then say "Hey Google" and ask it to play whatever TV show, movie or YouTube content you want to watch or listen to.

Alphabet Inc's Google is all washed up, well nearly with the big search Company now set to deliver a version of Android that can be used to control washing machines and nearly anything in the home. 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. But for folks on the technical side of things, Android Things 1.0 could open a whole new set of opportunities.

Why this matters: Android TV received Google Assistant support late last year and a UI overhaul with the Oreo update earlier this year, but app support is still lacking when compared to Apple TV, Roku, and Fire TV.

Despite those reservations, automakers such as Honda, Mazda, Mercedes, Ford, Nissan, and Toyota have committed to develop a secure framework for vehicle systems, based on Android and Linux.

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We'll also likely get some more insight into a gesture-based navigation that takes some cues from the iPhone X.

Outside of their Android OS for smartphones, Google has struggled to extend Android's dominance into other areas over the last four years, technology and financial analysts said. We have seen that till now, Google had nothing interesting to offer in this segment.

However, with the rolling of the developer preview of its upcoming version of Wear OS, it teased few features like battery optimization, and along with that it also added a dark mode. It is supposed to be a platform that will power Google's smart home devices, right from thermostats to smart home speakers. Taking a cue from this, Google has been developing its own IoT platform called Android Things. The tech firm has been working on it since 2016 and we should see its final mainstream release at this event. In addition, Google Maps can be expected to provide real-time information of traffic patterns, and brings about a newer map.

This has mostly to do with developers, but it should have some interesting reverberations on Android apps.