The Google kills Android Things, its IoT OS, in January | Ars Technica, a version of Android meant for the Internet of Things. Google announced it had basically given up on the project as a general-purpose IoT operating system in 2019, but now there’s an official shutdown date thanks to a new FAQ page detailing the demise of the OS.
Google promised three year of updates, but with the last update coming out in August 2019 and Android Things being launched in May 2018, Google made it to 1 year and 3 months.
Perhaps this is a sign of a direction/strategy change.
If I wanted my OS to become the market dominant OS for say Automotive or Public Broadcasting use, I wouldn’t be opening it up to to GP IoT, in fact I’d do my very best to keep it out of the GP market segment.
The people that are going to buy commercial quantities of stuff, do not want the market flooded with free insecure hacks. So you make it free as in free to licensees, but you make getting a license impossible for any minor entity. Now you get car, public transport or billboard manufacturer buy in!
Google have cancelled a product prematurely? How very unlike them! /s