Google announced about the closure of the Android Things IoT platform for non-commercial users. No new projects can be created on the platform after Jan. 5.
Developers can continue to use the Android Things console to create images and provide OTA updates for their existing projects until January 5, 2022. After that date, all project data – from device images to build configurations – will be deleted without possibility of recovery.
Android Things Project came up 2016. Developers could create new projects using the NXP i.MX7D and Raspberry Pi 3B. They had access to standard Android tools, languages and frameworks, as well as API interfaces for collaborative work with the IoT ecosystem.
Android Things took nearly two years to reach release 1.0, but only a handful of vendors signed up for the platform’s services. Soon Google stated that it was refocusing Android Things on fewer products, namely smart speakers and displays. This was a significant step backward from the original plan for a comprehensive Internet of Things platform.
In parallel, Google has largely refocused its IoT strategy from offering a basic operating system to using Google Assistant on third-party devices. In January 2019, the company launched Google Assistant Connect, which allowed manufacturers to embed the voice assistant into their products regardless of which base operating system they used.
Closing the platform shouldn’t affect non-commercial users much.
There are many alternatives, from IoT-oriented Linux distributions to Windows 10 IoT Core. However, those who did work with Android Things will now have to look for an alternative with long-term support.
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