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The Role of Android in IoT

The world around us is brimming with novelty and technology — the kind that would have been hard to imagine till say a few decades ago. We have artificial intelligence, augmented reality, big data, and so much more to help in every possible aspect of human existence today. But let’s talk about the Internet of Things, simply because though it is not as popular as other technologies listed above, it is equally potent a resource as the next technology people typically love to talk about. At the outset, it may seem like a simple enough concept; after all it is just lots of devices connected via the internet.


While that is essentially the concept, the truth is IoT is so much more than that. Hence, all the rage about it in the world in general. It also spawns an ocean-load of data that can be leveraged in more ways than you’d be inclined to imagine. Admittedly, for something that offers to do so much, it must need some help, yes? You’d be right, and IoT finds the assistance it needs in Android apps. Think about it, Android devices constitute an overwhelming majority of the total mobile devices in the world, so it only makes sense that this OS has a role to play in IoT. And to help you better understand this here’s a compilation of some of the many ways Android is aiding IoT.

  1. Universal usability: Since Android is a Linux-based open-source software, the source code can be easily used to tailor a product by anyone who possesses appropriate coding skills. And as mentioned above, Android has a significant share in the mobile device OS market, which further explains why it has such a critical role to play and how it serves as the front end for the Internet of Things. And let’s not forget that Android is also quite affordable to develop, besides being straightforward.
  2. The Java connect: Since more and more IoT devices are now being developed using Java, it makes even more sense for Android’s involvement in the whole thing. See, Android facilitates the use of Java in a manner that is logical and coherent. This benefit becomes evident when you compare it embedded Java, which necessitates the use of especially allocated devices.
  3. Devices need apps: No matter how advanced the equipment may be, chances are that you are unlikely to be able to use it without an app. And once again, we hark back to Android’s lead in the devices market. Since Android is the biggest app platform in the world at the moment, is it astonishing anymore that Android is at the forefront of the IoT revolution?

As the above discussion demonstrates, Android will continue to be a vital part of the phenomenon that is IoT. And if you, too, want to be a part of this revolution, we recommend you get in touch with an Android application development company to help you get started with your IoT app.

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