Google's IoT platform 'Android Things' to end, ambition of general-purpose OS for IoT stalls without getting on track

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Android Things ' that Google was developing as a general-purpose OS for IoT , we announced a policy to abandon the project continuation. As of February 2019, there was a growing view that Android Things may have lost motivation for development.

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Google is killing off Android Things, its OS for IoT devices

Google's 'Android Things' is an OS for IoT whose predecessor is ' Brillo ' announced in 2015, and the official version ' Android Things 1.0 ' was released in 2018. However, there has been no noticeable movement since then, and the development plan for Android Things, which was finally mentioned on Google's official blog in February 2019, was also significantly toned down, so the continuation of the project was already in jeopardy from that time. It was.

Google significantly tones down development plan for IoT platform 'Android Things' --GIGAZINE

After that, Google wrote on the Android Things FAQ page, 'The Android Things console will stop supporting new projects on January 5, 2021 and will no longer be available for all existing projects on January 5, 2022.' It was revealed that the acceptance of new projects for the Android Things console, in which developers deliver updates to devices, will end in early 2021. Also, a year later, on January 5, 2022, the Android Things console will be completely shut down and all project data will be permanently deleted.

In response to the question 'Will support for new models such as Raspberry Pi 3 Model B + and Raspberry Pi 4 be added?' On the FAQ page, Google said, 'Raspberry Pi 3B is expensive for both existing and new projects. It continues to be popular. We understand that there are benefits to new models and features, but we have no plans to add support for these new boards, 'he said, and will not provide new support in the future. Was clarified.

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In addition, in the item of the 'existing or? Is there a path to commercialization of the project' is ' NXP · Qualcomm · MediaTek for commercial hardware SoM is, specific OEM partners, which manufactures smart speaker and smart display Only available. Projects based on the Raspberry Pi 3B etc. are limited to 100 units for non-commercial use only. '

In this regard, IT news site Ars Technica said, 'The failure of Android Things in the IoT space has led to a focus on OEM smart speakers and smart displays only, but as far as we know, Google I've never built these devices with Android Things. '

XDA Developers, a community site for developers, also said about the end of Android Things, 'Google already has other IoT platforms like Google Home , but its existence is a disgrace of the platform that never saw the light of day. It's also the end. '

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