Google has recently launched the third draft of Android Things, the platform the company has developed and offers an API to the developers as these them aid in the creation of new smart devices.
Taking advantage of the resources of Android Things, developers can move forward in the evolution of the so-called “Internet of things” (IoT); Thus, developers have at their disposal all the services Google, regular updates and more importantly, a safe platform.
The Android Things Developer Preview 3 introduces some new features that will improve the functions available for developers. Among these innovations, now Android Things is compatible with all Android Bluetooth APIs for the packages android.bluetooth and android.bluetooth.le on all compatible devices. This means that developers can take advantage of bluetooth as if a Smartphone Android with all bluetooth enabled capabilities were.
DP3 now includes support for all the Android Bluetooth APIs android.bluetooth and android.bluetooth.le, through all Android Things-compatible hardware. You can now write code that interacts with classic Bluetooth devices and low-energy as (it) a normal Android phone. The existing samples, as ads Bluetooth LE and scanning and Bluetooth LE GATT, can be used unmodified in Android Things. We have also provided two new samples, server Bluetooth LE GATT, and Bluetooth audio receiver.
In addition, also added to Android Things USB Host support, in order to provide the same functionality that enjoy Android since version 3.1. This allows that an application can communicate with USB devices without root privileges or that is necessary to support the Linux kernel.
The introduction of these two functions in the third preliminary version for developers of Android Things extends even more towards the integration of the Internet of things on Android. Now that IoT devices begin to expand into households, it is positive that Google will help by providing a standardized and secure platform enabling developers to improve the accessibility and interoperability.
To download the Developer Preview 3 you can visit the Android Things download page and also joining the Google IoT on Google + developer community to connect with other people interested in Android Things.