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Google launches its own IoT platform called Android Things

08 May 2018, 01:29 | Sam Montgomery

GOOGLEGoogle I O 2018 kicks off later today

Google I  O 2018

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. In Google's words, "Android Things is Google's managed OS that enables you to build and maintain Internet of Things devices at scale". Instead of focusing the bedroom or kitchen, JBL has made a Google Assistant speaker that can power your entire home theater, whether you're listening to music, looking for a good movie, dim your smart lighting, or you just want to know the weather forecast. However, it seems like users will be able to access some of the Android Auto features even without owning an Android phone.

LG, iHome, and Lenovo's recently launched smart speakers and displays are all powered by Android Things and will be released by the end of summer, with some of them already being available for purchase. 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.

Now that version 1.0 is available, Google is promising "a robust platform that does the heavy lifting with certified hardware, rich developer APIs, and secure managed software updates using Google's back-end infrastructure, so you can focus on building your product".


Almost synonymous with Google household is Google Assistant, the provider's advanced virtual assistant. "Material Design 2" is a buzzword that's been floating around for a few months now to describe the first major overhaul to the OS's aesthetic in about four years, bringing an overall flatter and more universal design language to Android.

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.

Although officially Google IO doesn't begin until tomorrow that hasn't stopped Google from beginning their announcements.


What happens after three years isn't totally clear. Here's a quick run through of everything we all expect as of this calendar year's Google I/O.

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




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