Google previewed the future platform at its annual I/O developers conference.
This week, at Google’s annual I/O developers conference in San Francisco, they introduced a platform called Android@Home, from which you can control connected electronic devices in your house. The lights in your home, your TV, media devices, and kitchen equipment such as dishwashers and washing machines could soon all be controlled from the same place. The head of the Android@Home team, Joe Britt, said:
We’d like to think of your entire home as an accessory, or better yet as a network of accessories, and think of Android as the operating system for your home.
Google also believes they have overcome the main obstacle to this plan; how to control devices made by a variety of manufacturers with different software. Android@Home is an open protocol that can be used by any mobile device or computer, from Apple’s iPhone to Microsoft’s Windows PC, and they expect other manufacturers to use the new platform on their devices.