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Android Things Is Google's New OS For Smart Devices ( 30

Google wants to put Android in the next wave of smart devices that'll be vying to fill up your home. It's launching a version of Android today called Android Things that can run on products like connected speakers, security cameras, and routers. A report adds: The OS is supposed to make it easier for companies to start shipping hardware, since they'll be able to work with the Android dev tools they already know. Android Things is a new name, but the operating system itself isn't strictly new. It's basically an update and a rebranding to Brillo, an Android-based OS for smart devices and Internet of Things products announced a little more than a year and a half ago. Brillo has -- publicly, at least -- gone close to nowhere. It was more or less a no-show at CES last year, and there's been little mention of it since. But today's rebranding marks a key update meant to make developing a product with this operating system much easier. Unlike Brillo, development on Android Things can be accomplished with "the same developer tools as standard Android," according to Google. The hope is that experienced developers will be able to quickly get up to speed and start work on a new product.ArsTechnica has more details.
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Android Things Is Google's New OS For Smart Devices

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  • That seems like adding a whole lot of overhead and existing a pretty wide attack surface just to afford the use of development tools more "familiar" to (some) developers.
    • That seems like adding a whole lot of overhead and existing a pretty wide attack surface just to afford the use of development tools more "familiar" to (some) developers.

      If they can guarantee that the devices will be kept up to date then the attack surface would be relatively narrow, however, we all know all to well just how good Google are at getting their Android Vendors to pass on upgrades. Even if they did manage it what happens when they drop support for one of the components in your box?

  • pf(common)Sense (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 13, 2016 @04:32PM (#53478399)

    I think I'll be sticking with my pfSense firewall, maybe I'd allow these to run on a segregated network, but I certainly don't want a do-it-all OS to run on IoT devices as well as control the firewall that seems like a recipe for disaster.

    Can you imagine install "apps" on your firewall from the play store ( yes I know there are modules for pfSense but the people using a custom firewall/gateway are probably a little more paranoid than the average user going to the play store for their next random App.

  • Fantastic! (Score:5, Insightful)

    by fuzzyfuzzyfungus ( 1223518 ) on Tuesday December 13, 2016 @04:36PM (#53478429) Journal
    I, for one, know that when I think "security" and "timely updates" and "product lifecycles long enough for things I'm going to embed in my building"; I think "Android".

    And, when it comes to support and ecosystem consistency for IoT, I think "Google"; because they've earned my trust []!

    Seriously guys? I realize that 'IoT' is a garbage fire in a hazmat facility at this point; but adding Android? What are you thinking?
  • Why? (Score:4, Informative)

    by Lumpy ( 12016 ) on Tuesday December 13, 2016 @04:37PM (#53478457) Homepage

    we already have embedded linux everywhere and is working just fine.
    And no I dont need "apps" for my security camera.

    • by Anonymous Coward
      ONLY apps can app apps, NOT FILTHY LUDDITE software! Appdroid for Apps is the appiest apperating app, so if you don't use it, you're a LUDDITE!

    • by Anonymous Coward

      What IoT devices are running on Linux? Aside from the self made hacks people make in their basements I mean. Basically no commercial IoT devices are shipping on a Linux OS. Wink? Nope. SmartThings? Nope. Nest? Nope. Phillips Hue light hub? Nope? That GE thing? Nope. That's like 75% of the market right there.

      Manufacturers will not race to adapt this Google abortion. They all want to us their own API's for a host of reasons ranging from security to "just because." Everyone is also trying to be as much of a "W

      • by heezer7 ( 708308 )
        FWIW Vera does.
      • by Lumpy ( 12016 )

        are you fucking stupid?

        Wink runs linux.
        Smartthings runs linux.
        Hue runs linux.

        you seem to know absolutely nothing at all about anything you ever talk about.

  • by 93 Escort Wagon ( 326346 ) on Tuesday December 13, 2016 @05:40PM (#53478937)

    Google seems to be run by a pair of ADHD-afflicted billionaires. Add in the fact that this is unlikely to be much of a money-maker for them, at least in the near term, and you end up with a product that already seems destined to be abandoned in 3-4 years.

  • Look on the bright side. At least this means we know the devices will run Linux.

  • Not to be outdone in the competition for silly names, Apple announced their new OS named 'Stuff' and Microsoft followed with their new OS appropriately named 'Junk'.

    You can embed any of these in all kinds of things, stuff, and junk.
  • Android Thinks It's Google's New OS For Smart Devices and I thought "Wow, that's appropriate!".

    The real headline wasn't anywhere near as exciting.

  • by Wokan ( 14062 ) on Wednesday December 14, 2016 @12:26PM (#53483647) Journal

    Google can't be bothered to keep Android working on their flagship devices much past a couple of years and we're supposed to believe they'll keep a device sitting in our homes secure for years to come? I'll pass.

  • I can already see myself telling a grandkid, "See this screen on the refrigerator? The settings and options you use every day have an operating system that controls its functions, and that operating system was called 'Android Things' back in the old days. That operating system has a core kernel that makes all of the hardware/software interfaces happen, and that kernel was written back when I was a 37-year-old young guy working in IT. See [pushes button], it's still here today, working just like it did th

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