(Updated: Dec 4, 2020) — Welcome to DeviceGuru’s Android Gizmos page, where we are contemplating the future of purpose-built devices that run various forms of the Android OS. As the saying goes, “watch this space!”
Meanwhile, here’s an interesting recent post from Google’s Android Developers Blog…
An Update on Android Things
by Dave Smith, Google Developer Advocate for IoT
“Over the past year, Google has worked closely with partners to create consumer products powered by Android Things with the Google Assistant built-in. Given the successes we have seen with our partners in smart speakers and smart displays, we are refocusing Android Things as a platform for OEM partners to build devices in those categories moving forward. Therefore, support for production System on Modules (SoMs) based on NXP, Qualcomm, and MediaTek hardware will not be made available through the public developer platform at this time.
Android Things continues to be a platform for experimenting with and building smart, connected devices using the Android Things SDK on top of popular hardware like the NXP i.MX7D and Raspberry Pi 3B. System images for these boards will remain available through the Android Things console where developers can create new builds and push app updates for up to 100 devices for non-commercial use.
We remain dedicated to providing a managed platform for IoT devices, including turnkey hardware solutions. For developers looking to commercialize IoT products in 2019, check out Cloud IoT Core for secure device connectivity at scale and the upcoming Cloud IoT Edge runtime for a suite of managed edge computing services. For on-device machine learning applications, stay tuned for more details about our Edge TPU development boards.”
Android Things Architecture
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Additional insight into Google’s Android on Things and other embedded platforms are in these two LinuxGizmos.com posts:
- Android Things is now only for smart speakers and displays
- Google tips AI co-processor and IoT framework for Linux and Android Things gateways