Back in 2017, Google introduced the Android Things IoT platform, for connected lightweight devices including the smart devices and gadgets, to ease the IoT development effort. The platform is a chopped down version of Android, which can handle any kind of IoT programming. The idea behind this was, developer tool similarity, as developers will get a similar toolset which they are aware of by working on Android.
Although the focus of the platform was IoT support, the Android Things platform was mainly used to create consumer products with built-in Google Assistant support.
In a recent Android Developers Blog post, published on Tuesday, Feb. 12th, 2019, Google announced that moving forward they’ll be refocusing the Android Things platform for OEMs to build smart speakers and smart displays, owing to platform’s success with these devices. Furthermore, Google also clarified that as of now the platform will not support production System on Modules (SoMs) based on NXP, Qualcomm, and MediaTek boards namely – the NXP i.MX8M, Qualcomm SDA212, Qualcomm SDA624, and MediaTek MT8516. Earlier, the platform was intended to support at least 4 SoMs for manufacturers to get Google certification for their devices.
Further ahead in the blog post, Google assured that the Android Things platform will continue supporting IoT experimentation, allowing developers and enthusiasts to keep fiddling with the dev tools.