Google focuses iot operating system Android Things on smart speakers and screens

Google has announced that it will use its 2016 Internet-of-Things operating system, called Android Things, specifically to support two types of devices: smart speakers and displays.

Google reports that it has had success in making smart speakers and smart screens with built-in Google Assistant support and that the iot operating system is being positioned differently for that reason. Android Things is now only used as a platform for manufacturers who make devices in these two product categories.

As a result, Google says it will no longer support system-on-a modules based on hardware from NXP, Qualcomm, and Mediatek through its public developer platform. Google emphasizes that Android Things will remain a platform for experimenting with smart devices that use the Android Things SDK in combination with ‘popular hardware such as the NXP i.MX7D and the Raspberry Pi 3B’.

Google introduced its Android Things platform in late 2016 and released about ten developer previews after that. According to Google, the implementation of automatic updates is one of the most important functions of Android Things. The company released the 1.0 version of Android Things in May last year. Then, among other things, support for the i.MX8M from NXP was added. This is a system-on-a-module, similar to a soc.