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All You Need to Know about Android Things – the IoT Platform

Published on 10 February 17
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Last December Google has launched Android Things, an IoT platform that enables you to build connected devices by leveraging Android APIs and their cloud-based services for enabling voice commands and delivering updates. Formerly known as Brillo, Android Things would make it easier for Android application experts to build smart devices while they leverage tools like Android Studio, Google Play services, the Android SDK, as well as Google Cloud Platform. The company is also striving to add its IoT communications platform, Weave, that lets devices connect to Google services in order to talk to other gadgets, for setup and Google Assistant as well.
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Google is not only just exploring IoT domain from a particular dimension by introducing Android Things but also capitalizing on its largest community of Android developers. Let us put a glance on the key things that you must remember while developing with Android Things:

  • Standard suite of system apps and content providers are not included in the Android Things while it extends the core Android framework with APIs that are provided by its own Things Support Library.

  • AdMob, Firebase App Indexing, Android Pay, Firebase Authentication, Firebase Dynamic Links, Firebase Invites, Firebase Notifications, Search, Sign-In, Maps, Play Games – these APIs are unavailable in the Android Things.

  • Firebase Remote Config,Cast, Drive, Firebase Storage, Firebase Analytics, Firebase Cloud Messaging, Firebase Crash Reporting, Fit, Instance ID, Firebase Realtime Database, Location, Mobile Vision, Nearby, Places – these are the supported APIs.

  • It also supports GUI interfaces that use the same UI toolkit available for traditional Android applications.

  • Using common intents and content provider APIs like VoiceMailContract, DocumentsContract, UserDictonary, CalendarContract, Telephony, etc. should be avoided.

It is a turkey solution for Android application experts for building IoT devices. You not only get an OS built on the ease, strength and security of Android and certified hardware to make a quick transition from prototype to production but also access to Google Services, Android Developers tools and Android APIs.

To leverage this IoT platform, get in touch with an Android App Development Agency and invest in IoT centric app development. You can also opt for an outsourced development to ensure maximum return on investment.

Look for more expert information on Android App Utvikling Spesialister, Outsourcing Android App Utvikling and Mobile Application Development from the renowned author.
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