In February 2019, we announced an update regarding commercial use of the Android Things platform for device makers. Following in line with those updates, we are turning down the Android Things Console for non-commercial use. Beginning January 5, 2021 the console will no longer allow creation of new projects using NXP i.MX7D and Raspberry Pi 3B.
Developers can continue to use the Android Things console to build images and serve OTA updates for their existing projects until January 5, 2022. At this point, the console will be turned down completely and all project data will be permanently deleted — including build configurations and factory images.
The announcement has generated a lot of inquiries regarding existing projects and the future of the Android Things platform. Here are a few answers to some common questions:
What happens to existing projects built using the developer SoMs?
Developers can continue to manage projects, upload custom apps, download factory images, and deploy OTA (over-the-air) updates for Raspberry Pi 3B and NXP i.MX7D using the Android Things Console until January 5, 2022.
How can I access my latest factory images and flash devices manually?
Will the Android Things platform and developer console continue to receive updates?
Monthly security patches for developer SoMs ended on Aug 2019. The Android Things Console may continue to receive bug fixes and performance improvements for a limited time going forward.
Will support for newer models of the Raspberry Pi (such as 3B+ and 4) be added?
The Raspberry Pi 3B continues to be a popular target for existing and new projects. While we understand there are new capabilities and additional benefits in the newer models, there are currently no plans to add support for these new boards.
Is there a path to commercialization for existing projects?
The commercial hardware SoMs from NXP, Qualcomm, and MediaTek are only available to specific OEM partners building smart speakers and smart displays. Projects based on Raspberry Pi 3B and NXP i.MX7D are limited to 100 devices for non-commercial use.1
To learn more about other platforms available from Google to support IoT product solutions, visit developers.google.com/iot.