Google Announces a Developer Preview of the Android Things Console
Google initially announced Brillo back during the 2015 Google I/O tech event and that was said to be the company’s IoT platform. It has evolved and grown since that initial announcement and was officially rebranded as Android Things right at the end of last year. Android Things is such a new venture for Google that they didn’t even have a unified console that developers could access and manage their Android Things products.
Just like how Google has the Google Play Console for developers who want to manage their assets which are listed in the Play Store, the Android Things Console will serve a similar function. The company has just announced there is a developer preview available for Android Things, so you should expect it to be fully fleshed out right now. In a blog post published to the Android Developers Blog yesterday, Google gave us a tour of what we can expect from this initial release.
There are a couple of main functions to the Android Things Console right now and that involves creating factory images as well as updating both the OS and APKs which have been provided by the developer. In the blog post, Google teased an upcoming update to Android Things (Developer Preview 5) and says that IoT devices will need to run system images downloaded from the Android Things Console so they can receive future updates (like the upcoming Android Things Developer Preview 5).
From the Android Things Console, developers will be able to create a project, manage the settings of the project (such as a name, SoM name, Google Play Services, etc.). Once you have installed the initial firmware onto your IoT device, you’ll be able to upload a bundle (which includes APKs, user space drivers and more) directly to the Android Things Console and it can then be deployed to your IoT devices. You’ll even be able to manage and deploy OTA updates from this new console as well.
Source: Android Developers Blog