by Naief Budawelah | Student ID: @00508322
Title: Android Things for IoT products embedded devices webinar
Speaker: Vince Wu, Lead Product management for Android Things
In the live webcast, lead product manager for Android Things Mr. Wu, start to list all the positive things about IoT, and the challenges meet the IoT creator when developing it is own OS for his IoT hardware.
In the webcast he mentioned building an IoT device with AI capabilities will require the developer to delegate cloud-based AI.
He also indicated the difficulty when securing that IoT device, and the cost impact of building secure codes.
He also mentioned the debugging challenges of that kind of codes he develops for his/her IoT device might occur. Moreover, also, keep that device up to date is another challenge. Moreover, Google also builds their own devices with their codes.
So, Google took the decision to unify this world and solve all these problems with Android Things product, and it is free of charge, that is mean no license fees no setup cost fees at all.
Moreover, he mentioned that Android Things is fully managed solution.
That is mean Google will be entirely responsible for the OS part of the IoT device. As well as unifying the SoM (system on modules), which also will standardize and certify know IC manufacturers like Mediatek, Qualcomm, NXP, Raspberry Pi and many more.
He also indicated that Google would support the certified SoMs for at least three years, that is mean Google will push all regular security patches and stability fixes periodically during this period.
In the presentation, he announced Android Things version 1.0. He also illustrates the roadmap for Android Things from the year 2018 until 2023, and demonstrate the major releases from 1.0 to 3.0, and indicated the support time for each major release in 3 years.
In the presentation, he illustrates Android Things software stack layers (Kernel, Device Configuration, Security, HAL, Android Framework + Android Things Support Library, Applications OEM apps, 3P apps).
Then he elaborated more on the Android Things Support Library, which includes all the services needed to communicate with our IoT device API ( I/ O, drivers, settings, device updates .. etc)
Then he talks more about Device configuration and security layers.
Then he illustrates some android codes, to show how easy to program with Android Things.
He also he talks about Android Things community hub.
In the end, he portrayed how we can develop our codes with Android Things, and list all the related product to do that such as:
- Android SDK
- Android Studio
- Play Services Firebase
- Cloud Platform
Moreover, then talk about Google Play service, and indicated that services are optional and not mandatory to develop an IoT app.
Moreover, finally, he talks about Management Console. He illustrated the prototyping process starting by developing the SoMs; then pick the right portfolio of the certified SoMs, then the final production stage. Then he indicated that the same underlying construction for IoT is the same what Google uses for their own devices.
Then the presenter invites the audience to visit the Sandbox demos; where google demonstrates IoT devices prototypes under one campus.
Conclusion, I find the webcast very informative and the presenter well informed about what he present. The presentation was a good insight for the future of IoT and what technology giant like Google can contribute in this field.
Mr. Wu’s statement is a confirmed way to demonstrate IoT benefits. Especially as the webinar was geared toward specific industry and the audience were mixed from manufacturing industry and freelance developers.
His portrayal of the future roadmap was a great thing in the presentation. However, he should talk about more specialize industry development for IoT such as the healthcare industry.
Moreover, for three years support; was short period especially for security support, for example, if an IoT door device implemented then it is a problem if after three years google will not support that device anymore. (Chahid et al., 2017)
Overall, the webcast was very informative and well presented, and it was precise and well structure.
Android Things presentation (Google I/O ’18)(Wu, 2018)
CHAHID, Y., BENABDELLAH, M. & AZIZI, A. Internet of things security. 2017 International Conference on Wireless Technologies, Embedded and Intelligent Systems (WITS), 19-20 April 2017 2017. 1-6.
WU, V. 2018. What’s new in Android Things [Online]. google.com. Available: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_PI_Npb3-U&t=319s [Accessed 24/6 2018].