With the release of Android Wear SDK it is clear that the Android Operating System will be a player in the IoT ecosystem. Android OS has been leveraged in array of connected products during its history. From smartphones, tablets, TVs, game consoles, watches, cars and more.
This is the first time we have seen an OS have this type of diversity in the devices and experiences it can deliver to the consumer market.
Ouya an IoTC member was one of the first to showcase the flexibility of the Android OS by creating the next generation console. It is awesome that a team of passionate innovators could leverage Android to create and ship a gaming console to the market in such a short amount of time.
Having the foundation for a OS helps expedite the product development process and allows the team to focus on designing the hardware and creating the experience they want to deliver to consumers.
Google is clearly developing and leveraging Android internally to drive innovation in the IoT consumer market with GLASS and now Moto 360. This is very similar to how the concept of AWS was created to meet internal needs in order to support consumers services at Amazon. Once Amazon released AWS to the public it became the starting engine for Web 2.0 revolution.
As IoT continues to grow the ecosystem will need the equivalent of AWS, Rails, Heroku and Bootstrap to help propel the development of IoT products and services.
Will Android become AWS for IoT?
A few demonstrations of products that have been built with Android.