There’s been a notable change in where Google is going with its product development. From now on, smart speakers and displays will be getting more of the company’s attention previously focused towards Android Things.
In a recent blog post, Dave Smith, IoT developer advocate, mentioned that Google is scaling back their IoT development in favour of refocusing their efforts on speakers and smart displays.
Unfortunately, this means that support for Qualcomm, NXP, and MediaTek devices won’t be available going forward. However, developers still aren’t completely out of options. One possible solution is to use the Android Things software development kit. If you choose to go this way, you’ll be glad to know that the developer kit can be run on top of the hardware used by NXP and Raspberry Pi 3B. Bear in mind, however, that these builds are suitable for experimental use more so than they are for any commercial project.
According to Smith, Google wants to support the IoT developers via Cloud IoT Core as well as the IoT Edge runtime that’s still in the works. They decided to focus on cloud IoT in order to better compete with services like Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure.
It could be argued the move is an about-face for Google. Qualcomm and NXP supported Android Things from the get-go. Last May, Google’s Android Things reached an important milestone of having released the 1.0 version with better support options for developer hardware. At Google I/O 2017, Android Things was presented and marketed as an IoT platform.