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Google IoT Platform Launches Android Things and Updated Weave

Google Internet of Things (IoT) platform ‘Android Things and Weave’ receiving an update makes it easier to create smart, connected products.

Among the updates, first is a Developer Preview of Android Things, a comprehensive way to build IoT products with the power of Android.

Android developer, while staying highly secure with updates direct from Google, can quickly build smart device using tools such Android Studio and APIs, Android Software Development Kit (SDK), and Google services including: Google Play Services, and Google Cloud Platform.

Google notes, in next few months, Developer Preview updates will “offer you infrastructure for securely pushing regular OS patches, security fixes, and your own updates,” as well as “built-in Weave connectivity and more.”

There are several turnkey hardware solutions available for you to get started building real products with Android Things today, including Intel Edison, NXP Pico, and Raspberry Pi 3.

You can easily scale to large production runs with custom designs of these solutions, while continuing to use the same Board Support Package (BSP) from Google.

Also an update to ‘Weave platform’ making it easier for all types of devices to connect to the cloud infrastructure and interact with services like the Google Assistant, and includes a Device SDK for supported microcontrollers and a management console, so that developers can focus on building their products without investing in cloud services.

The Weave Device SDK currently supports schemas for light bulbs, smart plugs and switches, and thermostats.

Additional device types support, custom schemas/traits, and a mobile application API for Android and iOS will also be available in the coming months, Google said.

Finally, Google said it’ll enable all classes of devices to connect with each other in a secure and reliable way with the merging of Weave and Nest Weave.

For documentation and code samples, check out Google’s IoT developer site, or go to Android Things, Weave, and Google Cloud Platform sites.

Google also announced today that Android Wear 2.0 in China and a Developer Preview 4 of Android Wear 2.0, that includes a number of new APIs that will help you build more powerful standalone apps: Seamless Authentication, In-App Billing, Cross device promotion, Swipe-to-dismiss is back, and compatibility with Android Wear 1.0 apps.

More additions in Developer Preview 4 include: Action and Navigation Drawers, WearableRecyclerView, and burn-in protection icon for complication data providers can now provide icons for use on screens susceptible to burn-in. “These burn-in-safe icons are normally the outline of the icon in interactive mode.”

Google also published five steps to achieve sustainable growth and boost your app’s long term success. In the following video and through 5 steps, you can find out how some of leading Android developers are tackling growth:

  • Understand and define your app’s objectives
  • Track and measure your tactics against each of your objectives
  • Apply your growth tactics.
  • Build a strong growth culture
  • Adjust along the way

In this video, you can learn how augmented reality helps you buy furniture and capture Pokémon. From 3D furniture modelling in WayfairView using Tango, to logging countless miles catching Pokémon, hear how these developers are innovating with AR, and get their advice for others looking to use AR in their apps and games.

Finally, watch sessions from the Playtime 2016 events to learn how to succeed on Android & Google Play:

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