Announcing updates to Google’s Internet of Things platform: Android Things and Weave

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The Internet of Things (IoT) will bring computing to a whole new range of devices. Today we’re announcing two important updates to our IoT developer platform to make it faster and easier for you to create these smart, connected products.

We’re releasing a Developer Preview of Android Things, a comprehensive way to build IoT products with the power of Android, one of the world’s most supported operating systems. Now any Android developer can quickly build a smart device using Android APIs and Google services, while staying highly secure with updates direct from Google. We incorporated the feedback from Project Brillo to include familiar tools such as Android Studio, the Android Software Development Kit (SDK), Google Play Services, and Google Cloud Platform. And in the coming months, we will provide Developer Preview updates to bring you the infrastructure for securely pushing regular OS patches, security fixes, and your own updates, as well as built-in Weave connectivity and more.

We are also updating the Weave platform to make it easier for all types of devices to connect to the cloud and interact with services like the Google Assistant. Device makers like Philips Hue and Samsung SmartThings already use Weave, and several others like Belkin WeMo, LiFX, Honeywell, Wink, TP-Link, and First Alert are implementing it.

Source: Announcing updates to Google’s Internet of Things platform: Android Things and Weave | Android Developers Blog

Wink will add Uber, Fitbit, and IFTTT to its smart home controller

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Wink’s smart home controller, known as the Relay, received an update that integrates services from Uber and Fitbit, as well as the capability to communicate with other devices over the If This Then That (IFTTT) protocol, reports PC Mag.

Source: Wink will add Uber, Fitbit, and IFTTT to its smart home controller

Wink home automation via your Android device: ecobee3 Wi-Fi Thermostat

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A smart thermostat can help you save money on your monthly bill. Unfortunately, you need to spend money to save money. But again, a smart thermostat is more than just a long term investment. It’s changing the temperature of your house from the comfort of the couch or bed. It’s monitoring the temperature of your baby room. It’s convenience, easy access, and money saving all in one nice package.

Today we are reviewing the 2nd generation ecobee3 Smarter Wi-Fi Thermostat with Remote Sensor.

Source: Wink home automation via your Android device: ecobee3 Wi-Fi Thermostat

Wink home automation hub gets water sensors with leakSMART

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Water damage is a big deal, in fact, it’s one of the most reported claims for home insurance, behind only fire and lightning, and wind and hail. Now with home automation products increasingly gaining market share and mainstream acceptability, that problem can be reigned in to a certain extent. No, it won’t prevent extremes like Hurricane Katrina, but if a pipe springs a leak then you can get a jump on it.

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