Google Is Refocusing Android Things to Cater to Smart Speakers and Display

Last Updated: Feb 13 2019 12:56
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The Android Things platform finally launched in 2018 after an extensive developer preview period to power third-party Smart Displays and other speakers. Google is now “refocusing” the platform to prioritize OEM partners building that category of smart devices with Assistant built-in.

The blog post further elaborates on how support for production System-on-Modules (SoMs) based on NXP, Qualcomm, and MediaTek hardware will not be made available through the public developer platform going forward.

Google “worked closely with partners to create consumer products,” and is now “refocusing” Android Things for that class of smart devices that feature the Google Assistant built-in.

Google still sees Android Things as a platform “experimenting with and building smart, connected devices,” but production System on Modules (SoMs) will “not be made available through the public developer platform.” System images for these boards will still be available “for non-commercial use.”

The announcement simply brings the Android Things to brand out of the IoT space and limits it to the more widely used and consumer-oriented smart speakers and displays space.