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Google skips Android Things OS for the Home Hub, uses Chromecast-based software instead

Thursday, October 11th, 2018

All previous 'smart displays' with Google Assistant are nearly identical under the hood. They all run Android Things OS (a specialized version of Android for IoT devices) on top of a standardized hardware platform (like those from MediaTek and Qualcomm). Most people assumed that Google's own smart display, the recently-announced Home Hub, would use the same software and hardware. However, the Home Hub is something entirely different.

Diya Jolly, Google‘s VP of product management, told Ars Technica that the Home Hub uses software based on the Google Cast platform — not Android Things OS.

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Google skips Android Things OS for the Home Hub, uses Chromecast-based software instead was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google I/O 2018 mega-roundup: Every announcement we covered

Saturday, May 12th, 2018

After three days of non-stop announcements and developer talks, Google I/O 2018 has finally come to a close. Unless you were watching the event yourself, or if you were refreshing Android Police every minute, you probably missed a few things.

Luckily for you, we've compiled a list of every announcement from Google I/O for your reading pleasure, complete with links to our full coverage of each topic. Enjoy!

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Google I/O 2018 mega-roundup: Every announcement we covered was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google releases Android Things OS 1.0 for smart displays, speakers, and other IoT devices

Monday, May 7th, 2018

Android Things is a minimal version of Android, intended to power Internet of Things devices (like smart appliances). The first Developer Preview was released at the end of 2016, and new versions have come out steadily since then, most recently with Preview 8.

Today, Google is releasing the completed Android Things 1.0 build. This is the first long-term support release, intended for use on finished consumer products. For example, Android Things will power all upcoming Google Assistant Smart Displays, as well as various smart home speakers and other products.

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Google releases Android Things OS 1.0 for smart displays, speakers, and other IoT devices was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Developer Preview 8 of Android Things OS is out, final release coming soon

Monday, April 16th, 2018

Android Things OS is a lightweight version of Android, designed to run on Internet of Things devices (smart appliances, embedded devices, etc). The first Developer Preview was released in late 2016, and it has continued to receive updates since then. Most notably, Android Things will power the upcoming Google Assistant smart displays.

Today, Google released Developer Preview 8 of Android Things, which features the final version of the API.

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Developer Preview 8 of Android Things OS is out, final release coming soon was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Qualcomm and Rockchip announce new SoCs for Android Things OS

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

Android Things is the name of Google's edition of Android specifically designed for Internet-of-Things devices (IoT). The first version was made available at the end of 2016, and the first long-term support version is expected to be released sometime this year. Back in May, MediaTek announced that it was making a chipset specifically for Android Things, and now two other companies are following suit.

Firstly, Qualcomm announced two 'Home Hub Platforms.' These are all-in-one chipsets that are pre-certified for Google Cast and Assistant, so manufacturers can make Assistant smart screens and other similar products with little effort.

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Qualcomm and Rockchip announce new SoCs for Android Things OS was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Assistant is coming to smart displays

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

Amazon stumbled upon a good idea when it launched the Echo Show last year. Even though it's just an Echo speaker with a screen (and despite the YouTube functionality being removed), it has enjoyed moderate success and currently sits a 4.5-star average rating on Amazon. Now Google has unveiled its competitor - Google Assistant for smart screens.

For months, it looked like Google was preparing its own Echo Show-like device, codenamed 'Quartz.' That name appeared multiple times in APK teardowns, and it was very clear the device would be like an Echo Show.

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Google Assistant is coming to smart displays was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Home and Android Things power these awesome Halloween trick or treat bowls

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

Halloween is over (sad face) but that doesn't mean we can't still enjoy its nerdy tricks and its geeky treats. Google Home already has its own Halloween tricks, but if you're an awesome dad, you'd go above and beyond that. Case in point: this set of Halloween bowls rigged by tjudkinsYT and demoed by his daughter. He's using Android Things on a Raspberry Pi and his own unpublished Action on Google (hence the "getting the test version of Trick or Treat Bowl" you hear the nice Google lady say in reply) to trigger it through Assistant on his Home Mini.

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Google Home and Android Things power these awesome Halloween trick or treat bowls was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android Studio 3.0 arrives in stable channel, with support for Kotlin, improves device emulators, and more

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

For the past few years, the primary way to build Android applications has been through Google's Android Studio. The first stable release arrived in 2014, with version 2.0 appearing last year. The third major update was announced at Google I/O 2017, and now it is finally ready for prime time.

Kotlin and Java

The flagship new feature in Android Studio 3.0 is the ability to develop apps with Kotlin.

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Android Studio 3.0 arrives in stable channel, with support for Kotlin, improves device emulators, and more was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Developer Preview 5 of Android Things OS is out, now based on Android O

Thursday, August 10th, 2017

Android Things is a minimal version of Android, intended to power Internet of Things devices (like smart appliances). The first Developer Preview was released at the end of 2016, and new versions have come out steadily since then, most recently with Preview 4.1. Google has now released Developer Preview 5, with plenty of major changes and new features.

Firstly, Android Things is now based on Android O, with apps now able to target API level 26.

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Developer Preview 5 of Android Things OS is out, now based on Android O was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google releases first preview of Android Things Console

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

If you're not familiar with Android Things OS, it's a lightweight version of Android designed to run on Internet of Things (IoT) devices. The first Developer Preview was released last year, and there have been a few updates since then. Now Google has released the first preview of Android Things Console, which makes managing a fleet of Android Things devices significantly easier.

Things Console allows you to perform a variety of tasks, from creating a custom factory image to sideloading developer-created APKs.

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Google releases first preview of Android Things Console was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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