Health technology startup Byteflies, an Android Things tester, said it viewed the system's optional integration with Google's cloud computing service and the large Android developer community as big advantages.
We also don't know the price yet but it will be available this fall. Google will still have some new information to reveal about Android Auto later this week, but here are some of the more important changes to the platform.
Chromecast isn't a new name in the world of streaming online content from our Android or Computer to a TV. The latest rumors peg it as a budget Android Go phone aimed at emerging markets, but even if we can't buy it here in the USA, we'd still like to see how Google can raise the bar for low-end Android. Shipments of smartwatches with Google's Wear OS were outnumbered five-to-one by rival Apple Inc (AAPL.O) devices a year ago, according to research firm IDC. Google also points out that the Link Bar is the first in a series of hybrid Assistant/Android TV devices, so we can probably count on seeing more in the near future (or even during I/O this week, but that's just a guess).
Google has already included support for Actions that allows users to do things like turn on connected appliances, and the means to hear responses to questions from your wearable watch.
This is the time of the year when Google pulls out all the stops to showcase how its software is smarter and more forward-looking than the products from its rivals Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Microsoft.
Android Things software was initially a rebranding of Brillo, an Internet of Things OS Google debuted in May 2015. However, third-party manufacturers have been snapping up Chrome OS and baking it into their new tablets, and that's a good thing for everyone. With Asus and HP making their way to store their impressive products shelves this year, we're nearly definitely going to see Chrome OS get some attention on the I/O event. The annual developer conference is bound to outline Android treats that tech enthusiasts have been anticipating for weeks, one in particular sounding very sweet.
You won't be able to play Flappy Bird in traffic, but you'll be capable of doing much more than usual.