Android at home? Let’s invite Android to your home in 2012!

 

Hello LinuxCandy visitors, wish you happy new year and a great 2012 year ahead !, 2011 was the year of Android. A little over a year ago Andy Rubin tweeted that 300,000 Android devices were being activated each day. According to some reports Android had surpassed iOS in terms of US smartphone market share. In June Android’s activations-per-day reached 500,000; this month they hit 700,000. That’s more than double the rate at which it was spreading when it overtook iOS.
Already in last articles I mentioned that android is getting into embedded systems, because of that advantage now “Android @ home”  new concept is coming out!.
Start with some new android buzz in the world
>>Android siri app hitting on android market

>>Install / Flash CyanogenMod 9 Trebuchet Launcher On Android 4.0.3 ICS 

>>What to Watch from Five Tech Giants in 2012?

>>Android ‘Jelly Bean’ comes after Ice Cream Sandwich (update) later 2012.

Google has just unveiled the Android@Home framework, a set of protocols for controlling light switches, alarm clocks and other home appliances through any Android device.


Ever dreamed of turning lights on and off with your Android smartphone?Want more Android in your house? How about Android in your house. Google wants to think of “every appliance in your home” as a potential accessory for your phone. The team teased ideas like lights turning on and off based on calendar events, applications talking to washing machines, games automatically adjusting for mood lighting, and basically little green dudes taking care of all the menial duties in your house.
At the google I/O event, Google said that it had partnered with LightingScience to launch Android@Home LED lightbulbs by the end of 2011. I’ve been waiting patiently since then, scowling each time I had to get up out of bed to flick off one of my ‘dumb’ lightbulbs when I should have been able to simply tap a button on my phone. Chuck out this video 
Google provided ADK(Android Open Accessory Development Kit) which contains Android 3.1 platform (also backported to Android 2.3.4) introduces Android Open Accessory support, which allows external USB hardware (an Android USB accessory) to interact with an Android-powered device in a special “accessory” mode. When an Android-powered powered device is in accessory mode, the connected accessory acts as the USB host (powers the bus and enumerates devices) and the Android-powered device acts as the USB device. Android USB accessories are specifically designed to attach to Android-powered devices and adhere to a simple protocol (Android accessory protocol) that allows them to detect Android-powered devices that support accessory mode. Accessories must also provide 500mA at 5V for charging power. Many previously released Android-powered devices are only capable of acting as a USB device and cannot initiate connections with external USB devices. Android Open Accessory support overcomes this limitation and allows you to build accessories that can interact with an assortment of Android-powered devices by allowing the accessory to initiate the connection. All this ADK is based on Arduino.

The Android bulb – a networked LED bulb coming out later this year from Google and Lighting Science will connect to Android phones and other devices through the 6LowPAN mentioned standard, according to Ted Russ, chief business development officer for the company.NXP Semiconductor, other sources have said, will supply the chips for the bulbs. It figures. NXP — which was spun out of the Philips conglomerate a few years ago — supplies low-powered NFC (near field communications) chips to Android phone makers already and is a leading expert in energy-efficient, light-bandwidth communications. NXP also announced a component family, called GreenChip, for LED bulbs based around the standard back in May, a few days after Google and Lighting Science announced the Android bulb. JenNet-IP, an open-source software stack, complements GreenChip. TCP, a light manufacturer, already supports GreenChip.
Next-gen lighting technology has come a long way since ‘The Clapper – Google’ and Lighting Science Group’s new bulb is based on Lighting Science Group‘s A19 LED light and it features a built-in radio that interfaces with Google’s new open-source wireless protocol. Unveiled today at the I/O developer conference in San Francisco, the protocol can be used to control appliances and thermostats as well, so it may very well usher in a new wave of smart systems that self-adjust to ensure energy efficiency.
So bottom line is clear  Android @ Home Will Turn Your House Into a Giant, Automated Smartbox. Who knows, may be end of this 2012 while coming back home you having one app  in you android phone such that you can open your home-gate,door by pushing patterns in your mobile!!!also on your home lightings by your mobile!!
Link or developers to start with ADK:http://goo.gl/Ab7pK
Hopefully I will try to put  Android game development article on my next post!


Chandan is a free software evangelist and founder of www.linuxcandy.com .

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