Google Kills IoT-OS Android Things

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Google Kills IoT-OS Android Things

Experts have expected this to happen sooner or later: On a new FAQ page Google reveals that it has decided to end all non-commercial use of the IoT-OS Android Things platform. From January 5, 2021, the Android Things console will not support any new projects. One year later, the console will be turned off for all existing projects.

The FAQ-document further says:

The commercial hardware SoMs from NXP, Qualcomm, and MediaTek are only available to specific OEM partners building smart speakers and smart displays. Projects based on Raspberry Pi 3B and NXP i.MX7D are limited to 100 devices for non-commercial use.

Google had announced, that it would re-focus Android Things to help OEMs build smart speakers and smart displays in February 2019 already. Back then, they planned to continue to support hobbyist experimentation with the IoT-OS Android Things.

Google Kills IoT-OS Android Things

Over the past year, Google has worked closely with partners to create consumer products powered by Android Things with the Google Assistant built-in. Given the successes we have seen with our partners in smart speakers and smart displays, we are refocusing Android Things as a platform for OEM partners to build devices in those categories moving forward,

Google said then. When Android Things was announced, Google adopted an approach that prevented OEMs from modeling the OS and said updates would be centrally distributed by Google on a regular basis. But the platform never really became popular, and Google soon focussed on other projects like Google Smart Home.

Author: Rainer Claaßen
Image Credit: Google/Pixabay

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