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07 Jul 2017
13 Sep 2013
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Android Things 1.0

Things are now stable

After eight developer preview releases, Android Things jumps directly from 0.8 to 1.0 bringing 4 new production target SoM (System on module) boards, enhanced security, fleet device management and a guaranteed automatic 3 year platform update provided by Google themselves.

This is another step on the road to global computing dominance at the point the user interacts with the device. They already own mobile, and it looks like the same strategy of giving away the hard stuff needed to get IoT projects up and running for free, is playing out nicely. They are doing the same with AI and TensorFlow, and although that runs on Android Things, it's for another discussion.

Many people were aware the dev previews of Android Things ran on the Raspberry Pi. With the release on 1.0, however, there's a clear distinction between dev boards and production ones, and unfortunately none of the Pi's made it through the stringent security/performance/compatibility requirements. The advice is to keep them for prototyping, but not for real world devices.

Only certified devices make it to production

As part of this centralized update scheme, Android Things only supports certain pieces of hardware. With the 1.0 launch, Google is now clearly marking the distinction between developing on prototype and production hardware.

The inbitial certified SoMs are

  • NXP i.MX8M
  • Qualcomm SDA212
  • Qualcomm SDA624
  • MediaTek MT8516

The Google Announcement is here.