We’ve seen this year Android Things which had been Brillo at the beginning. So for those who don’t know what Android Things, here’s a hint: it has to do with embedded systems and it’s a solution for these systems that you have on Android. It’s some kind of an OS for Internet of Things and will work on systems that can have a low RAM (32 MB RAM for example).
You’ll have to wait more, probably the next year will be good for releasing a better shaped OS and until then we’ll see some improvements such as we’ve already seen until now. One of those improvements that have been noticed is Chromecast integration and it will be released at the same time with Android Things which will be based on Android P (9.0).
The Chromium Gerrit has hinted that Chromecast uses Android Things volume table access functions. There’s going to be a new API volume control, taken from Android Things and it will be a public API when the new Android P will come out. This will allow a volume level synchronization between both devices: Android Things and Chromecast. While this change doesn’t feel noteworthy, it’s an important step taken by Google in order to integrate both platforms, the Android Things and Chromecast.
The main focus is that every device from a household to have an Android OS and to be integrated and connected with each other. There will be many other changes in the future focusing on this subject in order to integrate all of the devices in the Google ecosystem.
Android Things is an amazing project and has a lot of potential, and we’ll all see what it can do in the future. For now it’s currently at the 5th developer preview and will definitely come out next year.