The Internet of Things is a big topic, for which the biggest software companies cannot miss, such as Google. It will now attempt to break a second time when renamed and simplify its operating system to “Android Things”.
Android Things does not replace the current operating system Android or Android Wear. It’s just an alternative platform that will work on the next level – not for ordinary users absolutely imperceptibly.
You will still use the smartphone with Android or watch with Android Wear, but when it comes to smart accessories (speakers, security cameras, routers, etc.), engage from a distance (via the communication system Weave from Google) Android Things, which is better solve different tasks at the level of IoT.
Other more info from the source Arstechnica.
Android Things will becames Android family together with Android TV, Android Auto, and Android Wear. Android Things is a stripped-down version of Android aimed at cheap, ultra-low-end IoT hardware. Today Google’s developer preview is offering “turnkey” support for the Intel Edison, NXP Pico, and the Raspberry Pi 3. If you remember the Raspberry Pi 3 showing up in Google’s AOSP repository earlier this year, now we know why.
Of course updates are always a problem with Android phones, but Google is trying to solve that here with “updates direct from Google.” The post says that “in the coming months” newer developer previews will support some kind of “infrastructure” so developers can push out images and OTA updates on their own schedule. This sounds way better than most of the IoT market, which has an almost nonexistent approach to security. A platform with regular updates would go a long way to fix that.