Google Announces Android Things 1.0

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Android derivatives aim to provide users with a consistent interface across devices, while Google and its business partners benefit from a standard way to distribute their applications. When you plug the JBL Link Bar into your TV, for example, you can then say "Hey Google" and ask it to play whatever TV show, movie or YouTube content you want to watch or listen to.

"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", writes Google's Wayne Piekarski, developer advocate for IoT.

We expect to see Google expand on this at Google IO in the next couple of days but it's change into stable version is a big step towards many more IoT devices with full Google Assistant support.

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This thing is a triple threat, and the exact kind of product Google needs to expand Android TV. It is also expected that Google might also introduce something new to the table for Chrome OS.

LG, iHome, and Lenovo's recently launched smart speakers and displays are all powered by Android Things and will be released by the end of summer, with some of them already being available for purchase. Let us know your thoughts below. But that doesn't mean Volvo's decision to lean on Google was an obvious one. Google is guaranteeing support for three years, with development hardware and reference designs for these SoMs available in the coming months.

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So we'll see what happens here.

However, with the rolling of the developer preview of its upcoming version of Wear OS, it teased few features like battery optimization, and along with that it also added a dark mode. And now Android Things 1.0 is officially official and the platform is ready for consumer devices. All of these modules have been certified for production use, and should make it easier for developers to bring their prototypes to the masses.

This has mostly to do with developers, but it should have some interesting reverberations on Android apps. These will likely be more comparable to Azure Sphere. Moreover, Flutter will also be the app platform for Google's new Fuschia so we are definitely going to hear a lot more about in the future.

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