Google's Android Things IoT platform comes out of beta

Google's Android Things IoT platform comes out of beta

Google's Android Things IoT platform comes out of beta

Google is trying to save its wearable technology platform by rebranding Android Wear as Wear OS. Android TV had "tremendous traction over the last year" from Asian cable and satellite operators seeking it for set-top boxes, said Google product management director Shalini Govil-Pai.

The design of the iPhone X is such that there is no room left for the home button that has been synonymous with iPhones thus far. With the launch of Android Things 1.0, we're now at the point where the platform is ready for production devices, like Smart Displays. However, enabling this functionality on the basic framework of Android P will mean that manufacturers don't have to specifically develop such functionality on their UI overlays.

Android Things, Google's platform for Internet of Things devices, is coming out of beta with the release of version 1.0 today. "Using the Google Assistant, you can easily communicate with a group of friends while keeping your hands on the wheel", Google adds. And, though it's not new, the Link Bar can be used for music or home automation even with the TV off. Moreover, Flutter will also be the app platform for Google's new Fuschia so we are definitely going to hear a lot more about in the future. As described in the announcement, Google is making it possible for "media apps to directly integrate their results into Android Auto".

The developer preview for the forthcoming iteration of Wear OS brings some battery optimizations and a default dark theme onboard - we're anticipated to see more features and tighter integration with Google Assistant, most especially since it's been getting better with follow-up questions recently.

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We also don't know the price yet but it will be available this fall. Likely the first among many tantalizing announcements, both Google and JBL have partnered to create the first hybrid Assistant/Android TV device, the Link Bar.

The company is also putting in efforts to utilize artificial intelligence in other Alphabet business too like the Waymo self-driving auto so we should expect to hear more about AI-based products. It will be based on Android Oreo ecosystem for the apps with a redesigned home screen.

The 2018 Google I/O developer conference begins tomorrow, May 8 from Mountain View, California.

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