Google and Apple winning the Internet of Things.

There are many companies in the space we broadly refer to as "The Internet of Things" (IoT). But the IoT is fragmented and there is little interoperability between platforms. Getting developers to dedicate time to a specific platform is very important, so who is winning over developers in the IoT race? Apparently Apple and Google, according to Matt Asay writing for Read Write

As I've written, to flourish the Internet of Things market needs millions of developers by 2020. Fortunately, the market is actively minting new developers each day, with the global Internet of Things developer population set to top 4.5 million by 2020:

Image courtesy of Vision Mobile.

Image courtesy of Vision Mobile.

Asay notes that many of these IoT developers are from the Asia-Pacific region, but these developers still identify as "mobile developers." Google and Apple will soon change that. 

As VisionMobile Q1 2015 Developer Economics survey data reveals, 53% of mobile developers are already actively working on Internet of Things projects. The top two markets within the field are smart homes (37% of relevant developers are working in this area) and wearables (35%).

The number of developers getting paid to work on IoT projects also matters. Most IoT developers work on hobby projects (30%) or side projects (20%). These developers are more likely to become full-time IoT developers if they can work on platforms that don't require them to learn an abundance of new skills. 

In the IoT space, Apple now has many platforms including HomeKit and Apple Watch. Google has Nest and Android Wear. Both companies offer platforms that are similar to their existing mobile platforms. So, the company with the most IoT developers is at an advantage, and right now that's Apple and Google. 

Android studio steps it up

To make life a little easier for its developers, Google has released Android Studio which is a new development environment. After two years of development, this release improves upon Eclipse and offers things like intelligent code editing, code templates, GitHub integration, multi screen environments, many virtual devices sizes, and more. 

The creation of a "one size fits all" tool for Android developers is very important considering the wide variety of devices and screen sizes (and screen ratios) on the market. Apple's Xcode environment has long been lauded as a superior (by some), but Android Studio looks to have closed that gap significantly. 

Sources: Google, ReadWrite


Google "closing in" on the unified experience

Following Google's earnings calls meeting, Larry Page noted that the company was "closing in" on their unified product experience, writes Liz Gannes of All Things D.

 The takeaway from Google’s satisfactory/meets expectations third-quarter financial results, full as it was of details about traffic acquisition cost bumps and amortization expenses, was actually about the unification of products, according to Google CEO Larry Page’s investor statement. “We are closing in on our goal of a beautiful, simple, and intuitive experience regardless of your device.”

Surprising, Page said that he will not be at all future earnings talks, stressing that his attention was needed elsewhere, but he did have some interesting departing words.

“For years, everyone talked about the multiscreen world. Now it’s arrived, but on a scale few imagined,” says Page. He mentions phones, computers, the home, watches, on Google Glass. (Oh boy, watch mention only a few sentences in. That’ll get people stoked.)

Android sees 1.5 million devices lit up every day, Page says, and he loves Chrome too. But recharging is too much of a sweat.

There were a few interesting questions and reports regarding Google's progress in voice recognition, mobile advertising, self-driving cars, and project loon. The overall feeling from the earnings call is that Google is on the right path, and will continue to tighten and integrate is services across all platforms. 

Check out the full transcript in the source. 

Sources: All Things D