Enterprise Mobility: Google Android@Home, Project Tungsten to Usher In Web-Connected Homes
SAN FRANCISCOGoogle made waves here at its fourth annual developer conference with its Music beta, as well as key upgrades to its Android "Honeycomb" operating system for tablets. But perhaps the biggest revelation was the Ice Cream Sandwich build that will attempt to bring Honeycomb features to smartphones and other devices with smaller screens. While that batch of news received the most cheers, the attendees (a total of 5,000) were truly impressed with Google's plans to place Android into the home and other non-traditional mobile-computing appliances. Google unveiled Android Open Accessory, an open-source API to let developers bring Android to exercise machines and other devices from any manufacturer who opts to use the platform. Officials for the company wrapped up the May 10 keynote with Android@Home, an ambitious play to power a home's lights, alarm clocks and many other key appliances with Android. Google Android creator Andy Rubin alluded to these possibilities when he introduced the operating system in November 2007. Three and a half years later, those seeds are starting to sprout. Enjoy these pictures of the new software and appliances, which eWEEK took here at the show.
Open Accessory API
This API will allow developers to support a variety of hardware accessories that enable Android to run on devices way beyond the typical mobile phone and IT environments, such as on exercise bicycles or other household appliances. "Think of it as the beginning of the next wave of Android," said Hugo Barra, Google's vice president of Android product management." This API supports Android 3.1 and Android 2.3, with USB support now. Bluetooth support is forthcoming.