Android Things and Weave get updates and a developer preview


As 2016 is starting to wind down, Google’s developers appear to be ready to start winding things back up for 2017 and one of their targets appears to be the Internet of Things. To help ensure the devices people may buy for their homes or other locations, Google is trying to make it easier for developers to produce new devices to connect to the Internet of Things. They have released an update to the Weave platform and they launched a developer preview for Android Things, their platform for connected devices.

The new Android Things framework is loosely based on Project Brillo, but pulls in features and capabilities like compatability with Android Studio, the Android Software Development Kit, Google Play Services, and the Google Cloud Platform. Using these tools means developers can leverage their features to streamline building out their ideas for a connected device. Google says they are working on adding the ability to push out regular OS patches, security fixes, and updates.

The Weave platform is part of Google’s technology stack that enables devices to connect to the cloud and to interact with other services. Similar to the development tools, the use of Weave means developers can streamline development by letting Google handle things like connections to the cloud. Google says they already have schemas available in the Weave Device SDK for light bulbs, plugs, switches and thermostats with more on the way. Google is also working on merging Weave with Nest Weave to expand the capabilities of devices to connect to each other. An important point for developers regarding this merger is that it means they do not have to worry about being possibly being on a dead-end track depending on which platform they originally chose to develop for.

Due to the relative infancy of the IoT market, players are still trying to sort out what may eventually become the de facto standard for connected devices. Of course, this means everyone is trying to build out their frameworks and entice developers to choose their platform. The improvements to Android Weave and the release of a developer preview for Android Things is an important step for Google and their hopes to become the leader in the market.

source: Android Developers


About the Author: Jeff Causey

Raised in North Carolina, Jeff Causey is a licensed CPA in North Carolina. Jeff's past Android devices include an HTC EVO, a Samsung Note II, an LG G3, and a Motorola Moto X Pure Edition along with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1. He currently uses a Samsung Galaxy S8 and (very rarely) a Nexus 7 (2013). He is also using a Verizon-branded Motorola Moto Z Play Droid supplied by his job. Jeff used to have a pair of Google Glass and a Moto 360 Sport in his stable of gadgets. Unfortunately, his kids have all drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and have i-devices. Life at home often includes demonstrations of the superiority of his Android based devices. In his free time, Jeff is active an active runner usually training for his next marathon, owns a MINI Cooper, and plays Dungeons & Dragons. Jeff has three mostly grown kids and a golden retriever.