There isn’t much discourse about Google’s Android Things – an OS for low-power, memory constrained Internet of Things (IoT) devices. But as Google has released Android Things Developer Preview 3 a couple days ago, the OS has yet again come in the mainstream discussion. Here is the latest, useful information About Android Things Developer Preview 3 aimed at Android app developer.
Integration of Bluetooth as per the feedback provided by previous preview users
When Google released the second preview of the OS and asked feedback from developers, one of the most demanding requests was the inclusion of Bluetooth. And it happened. The team behind Android Things informed it just a couple of months ago that it was working on Bluetooth connectivity integration. And with the release of third preview, it’s now confirmed. There are two options available for exiting Android APIs – first for the low energy option and other for Bluetooth classic.
Addition of USB host with ability of using custom USB products
Along with Bluetooth, the new version also included USB host with the ability to use custom USB products. The previous versions could have this feature either with support of Linux Kernel or root privileges. Now with new version, the USB host works natively which means no need of support of Linux Kernel or rooting. This is of course great news for many Android app developers and consumers as they can expect Android Things based devices finally entering the market in future.
Developers are quite excited with Google’s addition of USB host as part of Android Things. Of course it took the company a long way to discover the usability of USB host but at last, Google realized its potential and, thus added it to third preview of the IoT platform.
Google also said that the company is committed to provide app developers with regular updates and previews. This will help developers working on the apps and hardware related to the Internet of things in effective integration of Android things. Apart this, it will let Android developers rapidly build devices based on both Google Services and Android APIs which has now been made available by the company.