Published: Tue, May 08, 2018
Science | By Michele Flores

Google launches Android Things for home appliances, machines

Google launches Android Things for home appliances, machines

In addition to offering Android as an embedded infotainment platform, Google will continue to offer Android Auto smartphone projection in as many cars as possible, which reduces distraction by eliminating the need to pick up the phone for tasks like setting Maps directions or sending messages. As the name suggests, its primary target is the Internet of Things market, including smart thermostats, TVs, ovens, and more. Shipments of smartwatches with Google's Wear OS were outnumbered five-to-one by rival Apple devices a year ago, according to research firm IDC.

Today's announcement builds on the strategic relationship between Volvo Cars and Google, which began in 2017 when Volvo Cars announced the new generation of its infotainment system will be based on Google's Android platform.

From the time Apple unveiled its initial school-focused I pad past month, Google is under some pressure to announce a rival item. This means that stability fixes and security patches will be supported on production hardware platforms, while automatic updates will be made available for all devices as a default, making Android Things a more dependable OS. So it makes sense that Google wants to include some new visual templates to Android Auto that will place browsable content front and center when an application is opened so you can quickly and easily start the task you're wanting.

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Also, Google Assistant now works with 5,000 smart home devices partners which further increases its reach. The Pixelbook is basically the gold standard when it comes to Chromebooks, and now that Chrome OS-based tablets are becoming a thing, we hope Google is preparing to unveil a sequel to the Pixel C. You can sign up to participate here. And like every year, Google has precisely planned a hell lot of things to announce in front of the world, and pretty much everyone is very anxious to know what's coming. So one thing to watch would be whether Google reveals plans to allow developers to integrate the digital assistant into their apps. That incorporation makes it easier for developers as they can use the same tools they use to build Android apps and devices.

If we were a betting website (which we're not) we'd bet that the JBL Link Bar is likely to take center stage - alongside a number of other new audio devices - at the May 8 event.

But Google has struggled to extend Android's dominance into other areas over the last four years, technology and financial analysts said.

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