13.2.19

Google changes course with Android Things

Two years ago, Google introduced Android Things, an optimized operating system for connected objects. Today, the Mountain View firm is refocusing its operating system on intelligent displays and speakers.

android-things.jpgPresented two years ago, Android Things demonstrated Google's ambitions to implement an optimized operating system so that connected objects are "smarter and more autonomous". Little by little, Brillo, the operating system dedicated to connected objects, has given way to Android Things, which is a redesigned version of Android (the mobile operating system) "rebrandée" and adapted for IoT. With this operating system, Google allowed any developer to launch products and services that run Android Things. From there, we could imagine everything: at that time they mentioned "ovens, robots, 3D printers, but also padlocks". But since its launch, this platform has made talk about it through some smart screens; We think in particular of Lenovo and JBL that run Android Things.

Google Assistant, the service in which the Mountain View company has been putting the package for two years, would have absorbed Google's operating system dedicated to IoT? All that stops thinking and, now, Google seems ready to review the initial ambitions of its operating system. Through a publication published on the blog, the web giant explains that Android Things is now destined to two different categories of products: smart speakers and smart screens. Dave Smith, Developer Advocate for IoT, said at the launch: "Given the success of our partners in smart speakers and smart screens, we are refocusing Android Things as a platform for partners to build devices in these devices.

This change of address says a lot about Google's strategy that floods its Assistant's electronics for two years. Last January, the giant announced Google Assistant Connected, a service that allows manufacturers to easily integrate Google Assistant into their devices.

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