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Android Things is an operating system aimed at internet of things (IoT) functionality. It is being developed by Google for a wide range of connected devices. Android Things offers integrated updates, where Google takes on the responsibility of providing free updates for a period of three years.
Android Things, which was previously code-named "Brillo," is an example of the evolution of operating systems to adapt to the millions of internet-connected devices predicted to be online in the coming years. The idea is that the traditional operating system is not versatile enough to provide for all of this device connectivity efficiently, so big tech companies are experimenting with new IoT-specific operating systems that can more effectively be built into the prolific smaller devices.
Windows is working on its own IoT operating system, and others will likely follow as the internet of things continues to emerge on the technology scene.