In a blogpost on Google Developers Blog, Google today announced the launch of Android Things 1.0. Android Things is Google’s managed OS that enables developers to build and maintain Internet of Things devices at scale. It works to provide 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.
New Supported Hardware
The blog provided support for new System-on-Modules (SoM)s based on the NxP i.MX8M, Qualcomm SDA212, Qualcomm SDA624 and MediaTek MT8516 platforms. They come with guaranteed support for three years. The support for Raspberry Pi 3 Model B and NXP i.MX7D will continue ahead. Support for NXP i.MX6UL will be discontinued.
As a part of Google’s focus to provide improved security for devices, Google has added support to providing OTA (Over The Air) software updates. Stability fixes and security patches is enabled for the hardware devices and it comes with automatic updates enabled by default. For long-term support version, stability fixes and support patches will be free for the first three years, with additional options for extended support.
At the time of publishing this article, the Android Things Console for software updates is limited to 100 devices for non-commercial use. Developers intending to ship commercial version will have to get into a distribution agreement with Google to remove the device limit.
Products built on Android Things are already on their way to the market. These include Smart Speakers from LG , iHome & Smart Displays from Lenovo, LG and JBL; coupled with Google Assistant and Google Cast.
Google has also introduced a special, limited program to partner with Android Things team to provide backing for technical guidance and support for startups intrested in building products powered by Android Things. More details about the program here