Android@Home — Google’s First Step into “the Internet of Things”

Android@Home-NexusQ-NFC-rfid-blogThis June, the company announced the launch of its first Android@Home product, the Nexus Q. It’s a wireless music and video streaming box shaped like a big black octopus, which allows users to connect all their mobile phones and tablets to the device using Bluetooth, Wi-Fi connectivity or NFC.

The device costs $299. The Nexus Q has 1GB of RAM and 16GB of Flash memory, runs Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich).

The launch of the box comes a year after Google announced its Android@Home initiative at last year’s I/O developer conference.

Last year, besides announcing Ice Cream Sandwich, Google Music and a number of other new projects, one significant announcement from Google was Android@Home, Google’s entry into the home automation market. At that time, Google said that it wanted to create a service that would run your entire home into a network of Android accessories, with Android as “the operating system for your home”.

That means some day in the future, you could control home applications — your dishwasher, the heating system, the lights in your house — using your Android device as a remote control.

For Google, the Android@Home Project is a first step into “the Internet of Things”, a term used to describe the growing trend of manufacturers producing intelligent, connected objects. In essence, projects like this ultimately aim to turn “dumb” or unconnected objects into “smart” (connected) ones.