Internet of Thingsis the most thriving technology today. After CES (Consumer Electronics Summit) 2018 event, we can’t argue that IoT is not in the rise. Most of the devices launched in the event were IoT devices. Also, the dawn of 5G potentially gives more bandwidth and spectrum allocation to the incoming flux of new smart devices to stay connected. The fact that everyone should accept is that Internet of Things is no longer a theory and it has evolved into something tangible. So, what really makes it great?
The fact that you are connected to the world all the time is an appealing thing. Your devices answer to you and they work according to your needs. Also, IoT has wide applications including, healthcare, industries and remote inaccessible places.
Every IoT system needs an ecosystem where we can visualize the information and make sense of it. There are hundred million ways to do that. However, Android being the most widely used mobile platform and IoT’s heavy dependence on the mobile devices makes Android a perfect fit. The application development itself has evolved very much in the recent years. Kotlin has come now and Android development is easier and faster than ever. These appealing characteristics of this platform makes it the most efficient way to build IoT systems around Android more often than other platforms.
The enormous amount of support from the Google team makes the Android platform very comfortable to work on. When we look for operating system development, no one wishes to do it from the scratch and Android is the best choice among the developers because it is free, open source and they can tweak the program as much as they want. Also, the look and feel of the application can be customized without any constraints.
Internet of Things and How does it work?
Most of the IoT devices are based on sensors. They collect the information that sensor receives and stores the data and sends it to the cloud or any remote server to which the device is connected to. From there the data is processed and structured in a way that application can make use of it. That structured data is displayed using the application to the user. The user can be present anywhere in the world but still he/she will be able to get the updates and notifications!
If you see the working of the IoT ecosystem, it is evident that we can’t use processors that are fast and bulky or devices of bigger form factor. We need to use compact and portable devices which can run a simple enough operating system for the instant results.
Although there are literally a myriad of choices to build your IoT ecosystem, Google’s Android still stands to be the best platform to work on. For IoT developers the main concern is flexibility and reliability of the platform and Android is no less in both the departments. If you are a IoT UI developer in 2018, you should be inclined to use Android over anything else!