Android Things exits beta as Google jumps further into the IoT

  • Android Things exits beta as Google jumps further into the IoT

Android Things exits beta as Google jumps further into the IoT

According to Google, this is "the first in a series of hybrid devices that delivers a full Assistant speaker and Android TV experience". At the Google I/O 2018, it is certain that the Android P won't be announced, but we are sure that Google is going to announce the Second Developer Preview. Since Microsoft is kicking off its Build developer conference today, though, which has its own emphasis on IoT, it's probably a fair guess that Google wanted to get its own announcement out of the way as soon as possible, too.

Google and JBL are buddying up to create a one of a kind, hybrid soundbar that is powered by Android TV.

Google has revealed a revamped version of Android Auto, its in-car companion for smartphones. In practice, Google says this means it "will offer free stability fixes and security patches for three years, with additional options for extended support". Android Auto will now support group messaging, and is improving integration with third party apps.

The features will be available for Volvo's next-generation cars over the next few years.

While the first stable build of the platform packs a number of improvements and tweaks outlined below, its overall objective remains unchanged, with Google still pitching it as the ultimate solution for IoT manufacturers interested in cutting software development, maintenance, and general deployment costs, thus being able to commit more resources to other aspects of their products such as hardware and marketing or simply increase profit margins. On the horizon are smart speakers from LG and iHome, as well as smart displays from Lenovo, LG, and JBL. It is also expected that Google might also introduce something new to the table for Chrome OS. Moreover, it also started getting compatible with over 5,000 smart home products.

We are expecting to see some new features being announced at the Google I/O 2018.

Gaming is an area where Google might want to make some noise.

Google tends to name its operating systems after desserts, such as Nougat. XDA Developers also states that since Android P will follow a new version of SELinux rules, it will allow some designated VPN apps to get access to this data, but not a majority of apps. Let us know your thoughts below.