Google revealed that the IoT platform joins the ever-growing stack of discontinued products on its developer FAQ page.
Google originally launched Android Things as the system that powers all kinds of IoT devices, a network of small, inexpensive devices like sensors and smart home devices.
But last year it decided to change its focus and make it an operating system for speakers and displays that manufacturers can use for their products.
Google wrote in its Frequently Asked Questions page: In line with those updates, we are discontinuing Android Things for non-commercial use.
The project, started in 2015 under the name Brillo, was to provide the operating system for the Internet of Things.
In 2016, Google relaunched the initiative with its new name, Android Things. The system was supposed to work across products such as: connected amplifiers, security cameras, and routers.
By relying on Android, the operating system was supposed to be familiar to developers and easy to get started.
In 2018 some initial smart speakers and smart screens appeared with this operating system, but it appears that they were not Other companies are interested in it.
And Google announced in February 2019 that it was refocusing the operating system to specifically meet the needs of smart speakers and smart screens.
After nearly two years, Android Things is now on its way to shutdown, and the platform is discontinued On the acceptance of new non-commercial projects as of January 5, 2021.
A year later, on January 5, 2022, all project data will be permanently deleted. Basically, this means that developers have a year to finish projects related to the operating system.
Android Things has largely failed to enter the IoT arena, and Google itself has not built a device based on this operating system.
Google’s displays and speakers use a modified version of the Google Cast platform instead.
And Google wrote detailed answers to some of the common questions that developers may ask in the Frequently Asked Questions page, such as what will happen to their current projects.
The announcement marks a disturbing ending A project that has continued for the past five years, but has not been able to make a significant impact on the scene, despite the boom in popularity of smart home devices.