Global search engine giant Google has finally joined the Internet of Things (IoT) bandwagon.
The US-based firm has introduced Android Things, a new way to build IoT products with the power of Android, one of the world’s most supported operating systems.
The tech giant says now any Android developer can quickly build a smart device using Android APIs and Google services, while staying highly secure with updates direct from Google.
The firm has incorporated the feedback from Project Brillo to include familiar tools such as Android Studio, the Android Software Development Kit (SDK), Google Play Services, and Google Cloud Platform.
It added that in the coming months, it will provide Developer Preview updates to bring customers the infrastructure for securely pushing regular OS patches, security fixes, and your own updates, as well as built-in Weave connectivity and more.
Furthermore, developers can start building real products with Android Things today, including Intel Edison, NXP Pico, and Raspberry Pi 3.
“We are 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. Device makers like Philips Hue and Samsung SmartThings already use Weave, and several others like Belkin WeMo, LiFX, Honeywell, Wink, TP-Link, and First Alert are implementing it,” Google said in its blog.
“This is just the beginning of the IoT ecosystem we want to build with you.”
To get started, check out Google’s IoT developer site, or go directly to the Android Things, Weave, and Google Cloud Platform sites for documentation and code samples. You can also join Google’s IoT Developers Community on Google+ to get the latest updates and share and discuss ideas with other developers.