While Google Wallet is going to enable Android smart phones to act as a personal credit card, the introduction of the Android@Home system is poised to allow smart phone users to control their household lights and home appliances.
“From the beginning, Android was designed to extend beyond the mobile phone,” said Android Product Management Director Hugo Barra.
“With that in mind, we’ve developed Android Open Accessory to help developers start building new hardware accessories that will work across all Android devices.”
Google Australia spokesperson, Kate Mason, stated the Android@Home initiative was a preview only and it didn’t have any timelines to announce for its roll-out, but Devnet managing director, Craig Deveson, anticipates that the first range of compatible devices will start to come out before the end of the year.
The Google partner already has high expectations for Android@Home, and anticipates a significant change in households should the technology be fully adopted by the public.
“I think the concept is very exciting, as currently ‘Smart Homes’ and smart wiring don't live up to expectations due to proprietary systems and devices,” Deveson said.
“With Android being open source, it could spark huge opportunities for software developers and device makers.”
While more than 400,000 Android devices are being activated worldwide every day and 450,000 independent Android software developers could lead to a quick adoption of Android@Home, the real test for Google is whether consumers are ready to invest in the new and potentially expensive technology.