Google, Android Things will not invade the IoT

Google, Android Things will not invade the IoT
Android Things, your journey in the world of smart homes ends here. In short, the project of an operating system designed for the home is on a dead end and every project developed on this front will therefore have to find application elsewhere.

Android Things has been abandoned

This is not a particularly painful loss, but it is nonetheless the renunciation of an ambition that from Mountain View has never really been able to take off. The idea was that of a transposition of Android to a side area, taking advantage of the experience (and apps?) Designed for smartphones and tablets, but declined for use in the IoT branch. Right from the start, however, the project seemed slowed down by a fundamental flaw that weighed down its activities.

Android, in fact, is too "demanding" a system to run on devices small and elementary like those of the Internet of Things. Too many resources required, therefore, and a conceptual difference that little by little has revealed itself to be unbridgeable. While Android continues its successful path in smartphones and Fuchsia sees the dawn with progressive steps forward, Android Things is instead facing a dead end. The project is officially abandoned and the developers will only have time to take their things and transfer their creativity elsewhere.

A debacle? Not really. For Google it is a typical attitude, with investments in several directions and many projects left in the field with the honor of arms to be able to concentrate resources elsewhere. In this case, the smart home goal was certainly well identified, but the implementation did not accompany the goodness of the ideas. The latest release is dated August 2019, after which the void. In short, the epic lasted just a year, after which it was clear that the dead branch had to be cut.

Source: Android Things