Category Archives: API

Android Things Preview 5 Released

Google has released the fifth developer preview of its Android Things platform for the Internet of Things Devices.




This version marks the first version of the platform to use Google’s Android O operating system’s code base to be released on August 21st. It includes new Application Programming Interface (API) features from Android O and new features for Android Things.  It is recommended that future applications target api 26 to work correctly with Android O.

With this version Intel Edison and Joule hardware will move to legacy support as they were discontinued by Intel.  These will continue to work with Developer Preivew 4.1 images.

Android Things  samples are now also included in the Android Studio developer tools.

More information Available at the Android Developer Blog

Google Assistant coming to Android TV

Google announced today that the Google Assistant would be coming to the Android TV Plaform “in the coming months” as part of an update to the Google TV platform on TVs and set top boxes.  Nvidia echoed that annoucement yesterday in their keynote at the consumer electronics show (CES) announcing that the new NVidia Shield TV would be the first device to launch with Google’s Assistant.

You’ll be able to ask the Google Assistant for help so you can enjoy the content you love, faster than ever, on the best screen in your house.

From playing media to planning for your day, here are some ways the Google Assistant on Android TV can help:

Play content: “Play Stranger Things on Netflix.”

Discover content: “Search YouTube for Jimmy Kimmel.” And you can also ask a follow-up if you’re interested in more videos by saying: “Play the second one.”

Get answers: “Tell me about Jurassic Park?”

Set the right mood: “Dim the lights.”

Get ready for your day: “How long will it take to get to work?”

In the coming months, the Google Assistant on Android TV will come to the NVIDIA SHIELD, along with all Android TVs in the US running Android 6.0 Marshmallow or Android 7.0 Nougat, such as the AirTV Player, Sharp Aquos, Sony Bravia, Xiaomi Mi Box, and more. And once available, the NVIDIA SHIELD will be the first TV device to offer a hands-free Assistant experience — so “Dim the lights” will only be an “Ok Google” away!

Google releases Actions SDK for Google Home and Assistant

Today Google released the Actions Api and documentation for the Google Assistant which powers the google Home.  While the Api is now available  your actions won’t be available to the public until next year.

Your actions won’t need to be installed as you would on amazon Echo’s Alexa Skills.  Users would just say a conversational phrase asking for the action by name, i.e ok google let me talk to personal chef.

Check out the introductory video below on the you tube channel.

You can write your own parsers to parse the text spoken by the user or use API.AI which was recently acquired by google to build out user interface.

Early partners that will be launching in the weeks to come are Quora, WebMD, Lonely Planet, NPR One and Buzz Feed to name a few.  Purchases and Bookings will follow as well.

The documentation can be found at https://developers.google.com/actions where you can also sign up to begin your Google Assistant development.