Google has previewed Android Things, updating its Internet of Things (IoT) developer platform to help developers build smarter and more connected devices.
Android Things is now available in a developer preview mode and will let developers build smart devices using Android APIs and Google services.
It will provide tools such as Android Studio, Android SDK, Google Play Services, and Google Cloud Platform.
The company plans to update the preview with regular OS patches, security features, and built-in Weave connectivity.
Intel Edison, NXP Pico, and Raspberry Pi 3 were cited as some of the hardware solutions that might work well with Android Things.
Qualcomm has announced its intention to partner with Google on Android Things OS to support rapid, scalable, security-focused IoT development.
The move will allow developers to use their expertise in Android and Qualcomm Snapdragon Processors to speed up the development of IoT solutions.
Android Things is expected to be released more broadly next year on Snapdragon processors.
The search giant is also updating the Weave platform to make it easier for all types of devices to connect to the cloud and interact with services like the Google Assistant.
Weave offers the entire cloud infrastructure, allowing developers to focus on building their products without investing in cloud services.
It includes a Device SDK for supported microcontrollers and a management console.
Philips Hue’s smart light bulbs and the home automation products by Samsung SmartThings already use Weave.
Belkin, WiMo, LiFX, Honeywell, Wink, TP-Link and First Alert are all in the process of implementing Weave into their offerings.
Google is also merging Weave with Nest Weave to allow all classes of devices to connect with each other in a secure way.