Google is scaling back its ambitions to make Android Things the Internet-of-Things (IoT) platform. The company will only focus its Android Things on smart speakers and screens for consumers. The focus is therefore much more on consumer devices than was previously the case.

That is what Dave Smith, a developer of IoT products at Google, puts in a blog post. Google recalibrates its focus according to Smith and places more emphasis on consumer products when it comes to IoT. Support for production systems based on NXP, Qualcomm and MediaTek devices is therefore no longer available. For developers, there is the Android Things developer kit, with which they can experiment.

Shifting focus

Smith states that Google supports developers and their work in IoT with its Cloud IoT Core and the upcoming Cloud IoT Edge runtime. By shifting its focus to the Cloud IoT, the activities of Google are more in line with those of companies like Microsoft with Azure and Amazon with its Web Services.

Until now, Google’s Android Things previously supported many system-on-a-modules, including those from NXP, Qualcomm and MediaTek. That time is now over, and instead Google focuses more on the production of popular devices. At the same time, Android Things remains the platform with which developers can experiment, to build their smart devices. That can still be done in combination with hardware from exactly those companies that are now excluded from Android Things.

Android Things offered support for NXP, Qualcomm and MediaTek right from the start. Perhaps it is also because of this that the platform initially had a lot of momentum and was quite popular with developers. But now Google is shifting the focus, with which the platform is probably less popular than expected.


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