Google’s Internet of Things (IoT) version of Android, Android Things, has been updated to Developer Preview 3. The platform, built on Android but in a much more stripped down version to work with smaller memory and hardware footprints, has been in Preview mode for well over a year now with the latest update bringing some much needed features for the platform. The idea behind Things is that, if you are a developer on Android today, you can develop on Android Things and create IoT devices. In other words, you don’t have to learn another coding language.
Perhaps the biggest new feature is support for Android Bluetooth APIs. Developers can now write to these APIs, both the Bluetooth classic and Bluetooth LE stacks, just as they can in full Android. Bluetooth is expected to be a critical part of the development of IoT so having this support on board is great to see for developers.