Google dipped its toe in the waters of the ambiguously defined "Internet of Things" (IoT) at I/O 2015 when it announced the Brillo operating system. Today, Google has announced Android Things, the new name for Brillo, is ready for public testing. Developers can grab the images right now for several hardware platforms.
Android Things is based on Android, but it's been simplified and polished to run smoothly on low-power IoT devices. Android Things makes use of tools that developers are already familiar with like Android Studio, Google Play Services, and Google Cloud Platform. This platform will use Google's Weave communication protocol, which is also getting an update to add compatibility for Google Assistant. Philips Hue and Samsung SmartThings already work with Weave. Belkin, Honeywell, TP-Link, and others are in the process of implementing it.
If you're a developer interested in building an IoT device with Android Things, there are images pre-configured for three developer boards: Intel Edison, NXP Pico, and Raspberry Pi 3. There are a number of known issues with the first preview to be aware of, but Google says it will release an update in the coming months that includes a framework for pushing regular OS updates.