Google just announced 2 major updates of their IoT platform: Android Things and Weave. Android Things is an OS for smart devices. Weave is the communication platform for smart devices.
Android Things is in fact a rebranding of Brillo: the OS was presented at the CES of 2015 but wasn’t as successful as expected. With the rebranding comes an update of the system to make it more easier to use to develop products. A good way to lead the developers to Android Things, as it uses “the same developer tools as standard Android”. Google already partnered up with hardware that can be integrated with Android Things: Intel Edison, NXP Pico and Raspberry Pi 3.
Weave was launched last year with Brillo. Its update will make it easier for smart devices to connect to the cloud and interact with Google Assistant. Giants like Philips Hue and Samsung SmartThings use Weave. Others like Belkin WeMo, LiFX, Honeywell, Wink, TP-Ling and First Alert will also use the platform. At the moment, Weave supports thermostats, light bulbs, smart plugs and switches. More devices support is coming.
Google takes another step into the IoT world.