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Google and Android Power IoT

Nov 07, 2013 12:33 PM EST

IoT, or Internet of Things, is powered by Google and Android. The future of our technologies relate strongly to how we connect to the Internet. In today’s economic society, our technologies are driven by some of the largest organizations in the world with investments. The Internet of things spending was at $4.8 trillion in 2012. It is expected to reach $8.9 trillion in 2020. Google’s massive install base and Android technology advancements are key enablers.

Android OS recent technology advancements have paved opportunities in areas such as mobile, big data and the cloud. According to IDC, “The Internet of things will change everything and be "a new construct in the information and communications technology world." "It is important to remember that while the market for the Internet of Things is still in its infancy, there is a long legacy of autonomous wired connected things," stated Carrie MacGillivray, IDC Program Vice President, Mobile Services, M2M & Network Infrastructure. "The enabler for growth over the forecast period is the pervasiveness of wireless connectivity and ubiquitous access to the Internet. regardless of location."


Google and Android OS is at the leadership end of IoT. Some of the advancements which had strongly contributes to growth opportunities is the Bluetooth technologies. According to Bluetooth SIG: "Bluetooth Smart devices are designed to gather a specific piece of information -- are all the windows on my house locked, what is my blood glucose level, how much do I weigh today? -- and send it to a Bluetooth Smart Ready device." Suke Jawanda, CMO of the Bluetooth SIG, stated "The native Android support for Bluetooth Smart Ready technology available in the coming months means Bluetooth Smart developers will have an easy way to connect their devices to and distribute their applications within the massive Android ecosystem."

Morgan Stanley terms IoT as the “Next evolutionary step in personal computing.” The company recently released a report which stated, “IoT will reach tens of billions of units at maturity” of various sorts of devices. This is not a new concept, but we believe that a unified wireless standard (Bluetooth Smart) able to communicate with any smartphone and at a low price will enable the proliferation of the Internet of Things. Bluetooth Smart also allows long battery life (two years) from a coin battery cell. These advancements from Bluetooth are certainly intriguing.

Today’s Internet of Things is led by Google and Android technologies. Though still in its initial stages, IoT wireless technology is an enabler. In a BusinessWeek article, Jim Zemlin, executive director of Linux Foundation stated “Android has conquered the device market from the bottom up. The operating system ran on 75 percent of the smartphones — 162 million units — shipped during the first quarter of this year, according to the research firm IDC. While iPhones and iPads come in very few versions and only from Apple AAPL -0.86 percent, Android-powered mobile hardware of all shapes and sizes and brands has flooded the marketplace.” With the rapid expansion in business and consumer demand, IoT will continue to grow. 

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