Google decided to kill its Operating System for IoT devices by the starting of 2021. Earlier in 2019 Google shifts its focus from Android Things project as a general-purpose IoT operating system.
Android Things is basically an Operating System extracted from core Android for Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices like smart speakers and smart displays. Initially, Google planned Android Things OS inspired by Apple’s style update strategy providing software support to every device using the OS to IoT devices for up to 3 years. But for developers, it was somewhat difficult for them to deliver the updates for their devices as the admins have to manually hit the “ship update” button on the Android Things Dashboard, that Google built distinctively for remotely managing Android Things devices and delivering OS and app updates.
Beginning January 5, 2021, the Android Thing Console will reject accepting new projects whereas from January 5, 2022, the Console will end its support for all existing projects. However, commercial hardware SoMs (system-on-modules) from vendors like NXP, Qualcomm, and MediaTek, may run Android Things but these are “only available to specific OEM partners building smart speakers and smart displays.” Apparently, Google’s own smart speakers and smart displays never used the Android Thing OS rather the company opted for a modified version of the Google Cast platform for some obvious reasons.
Google has a habit of abandoning some of its projects each year, for this year it’s Android Things. But the company’s approach to delivering OS updates by preventing OEMs from modelling the OS and centrally distributed the updates itself up to 3 years was quite nice. However, the platform didn’t get widely popular to masses, which somehow leads the company to kill the Android Things Project to its grave.