Google Android’s Next Move: Getting Into Your Home

May 16th, 2011 at 9:56 am

Google’s Android OS has enjoyed great success with its use in smartphones. But Google may not only be thinking of mobile phones as its sole focus when using the mobile operating system. Its next target may be running those appliances that you have in your home.

In the recent Google I/O Conference, the Web search giant has introduced several projects that is is currently in development and other projects that it is eyeing for the future. One of those introduced is the Android@Home. This is a simple yet potentially useful tool that not only will help increase the number of Android device users but also make the use of the Android OS for a wider range of products including home appliances.

What the Android@Home can do is allow the control of a number of appliances at home with the use of an Android powered device. It will pave the way for allowing Android users to connect and communicate with their home appliances. The idea of connecting and linking home appliances over the Internet is an idea that has been suggested way back in the 1990’s. It is a way to allow home owners to have the capability of controlling their appliances even when not at home.

This may just be a means for Google to be in the mix to establish the smart home of the future. With their Android OS being run on several home appliances in the future, it may be able to build up a network of a smart home with automated home appliances that may be controlled over the Web. The network may potentially also extend to a network of smart homes.

Although this may just be in its initial stages, Android@Home may truly have a future, especially with developing tomorrow’s smart home. But along with the many benefits may come some of the possible disadvantages. Given that Android@Home may establish itself as part of the network of home appliances with access online, there might be issues regarding privacy and even security. In the future, it may be quite possible for Google to share important data like home appliance usage, activity and schedules to other businesses who might be willing to pay for such data. It may not happen of course, but it can be a valid issue among those with concerns about how such a network may affect the future of home life.


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