Google's Android Things IoT platform comes out of beta

Google's Android Things IoT platform comes out of beta

For those not familiar with Android Things and the IoT world, just know that this platform "does the heavy lifting with certified hardware, rich developer APIs, and secure managed software updates using Google's back-end infrastructure", to help device makers focus on building fantastic products, not the other stuff. Google promises that it will ship stability fixes and security patches for three years, though manufacturers will have options for extended support, too.

The JBL Link Bar will have a demo session at Google I/O 2018 in the Android Sandbox.

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. Despite its beta status, quite a few companies started building products for the platform a while ago, including Google's launch partners for its Android smart displays, which are based on this platform.

Formerly, we have found that Android N will include brand new features such as support for display cut out (notch), improvements to ART (Android run time), clever answers about the notification bar, and other design modifications. Along with that, there's also native support for multiple cameras so that you can get Portrait Mode-style effects in third-party apps like Instagram.

Given that Google's I/O developer conference starts tomorrow, it's a bit curious that Google decided to make the 1.0 announcement a day early.

"If you're charitable, you say it's early", said Richard Kramer of Arete Research. It also won't require owning an Android phone to use.

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Android Automotive is not yet deeply embedded in any cars. It is supposed to be a platform that will power Google's smart home devices, right from thermostats to smart home speakers. Android Things will compete with Amazon's Greengrass system and Microsoft's Windows IoT.

Google's TV ambitions often take a backseat to Android's other projects, but that might be changing at I/O: A recent FCC filing suggests that a full-fledged Android TV dongle is on the way.

In each category, Google's Android system posted less market share a year ago than manufacturer-customized Android variants, which are less fruitful for Google because they typically are not pre-loaded or compatible with its apps.

Google officials said the spinoffs have momentum. It's an Android TV streaming box.

Android P This will be one of the biggest announcements from Google.

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