Google I/O this year is all about connectivity; Android devices are getting a new standard for interacting with accessories, and it turns out Google has its sights on home automation, announcing project Tungsten and the Android @ Home framework.
Android @ Home will let you remotely control connected devices around your house, including appliances, entertainment systems, lights, climate systems – the whole shebang. Any company is free to start building its hardware to communicate via Android @ Home, with Google releasing the specs to anyone who’s interested with no licensing fees to worry about. That’s a big deal, as systems like this are only going to succeed when supported by as many devices as possible; lowering the bar for admission is critical in drumming up interest.
Tungsten will be an Android-based appliance that acts as a sort of Android @ Home hub, presumably coordinating interaction between connected devices, and letting you remotely access your home system when you’re out and about. With the new Google Music beta, Tungsten will serve double-duty as a media hub, streaming music from what you’ve stored in Google’s cloud.
We can’t wait to hear more about Google’s plans for Android @ Home, and hopefully learn about other companies who are interested in developing gear, supporting the new home network.