Feedback article/post after attending a Webinar/Webcast


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]. Available: [Accessed 24/6 2018].

One Minute Paper – Information Systems Thinking


by Naief Budawelah    |   Student ID: @00508322

I have learned that the Information is a result of processed raw data that was collected, processed, analyzed and computerized to give a mean-full output, which is called information finally.

The IS lecture was very informative for me, especially when starting the talk about ERP systems, where the professor was discussing the transformation from the regular paper works to the digital realm.

What I also learned, that by implementing ERP system can improve productivity, increase efficiencies, decrease costs and streamline business workflow.

Here is a summary for some of the essential features of the ERP systems as I learned from the lecture:

  1. EfficiencyERP Systems eliminates the repetitive processes and effectively reduces the need for manual data entry. The ERP system will also simplify business practices and make it easier and more efficient for companies to collect data.
  2. Cost: The fact that by implementing ERP systems does not come with a cheap cost, however, the advantage of implementing such system keep the company ahead of the competition in the market and can’t afford to go back to paperwork process again.
  3. Forecast: ERP systems give the decision makers on the company boards the right tools they need to forecast the market and do the proper business intelligence of the current market status, so they can steer their company toward the right path and estimate the loss and gain in the future before it occurred.
  4. Customer Service: Providing high-quality customer service is a very tough challenge without an ERP system in-place, especially when customer service department wanted to dig for in-depth information about their customers to give the proper service as required. And by using such system will streamline the customer service workflow and can interact better with the customers and improving the relationship with them through using well and reliable source of information and historical data as well. Thus, will make marketing task more comfortable for the marketing team in the company with automatic marketing function and contact center… and so forth, to ensure the customer is being interacted with consistently.

However, the drawback for the Salford/RKC online coursewares the video quality was not as good as expected it, it was, however, as if was recorded in the lecturer bedroom. Unlike the other online courses where the producer of the courseware makes it with very high-quality filming quality as well as well-made teaching materials such as MIT online courses, Coursera .. and others.