Google stops Android Things and Facebook blocks some features of Messenger and Instagram in Europe

Google just announced support for its Android Things smart home operating system before it would be permanently shut down.

The smart home project started in 2015 as Brillo, and in 2016, Google improved Brillo to Android Things, a shortened version of the Android operating system that runs on products like connected speakers, security cameras and routers. By being based on Android, this operating system is said to be familiar to developers and is easy to get started with.

In 2018, some of the first smart speakers and smart displays launched to use this basic operating system, but there was little interest from developers for it.

Goolge then released an update of Android Things in February 2019, which involved commercial use of the Android Things platform for device manufacturers. Starting from 1/2021, the dashboard will no longer allow creation of new projects, and by January 2022 the dashboard will be completely disabled and all data will be permanently deleted including the profile. Construction image and factory image.

Thus, developers will have 1 year to finish projects related to this operating system. After 5 years in the market, Android Things has not made a mark on the market but is now becoming popular.

Facebook blocks some features of Messenger and Instagram in Europe

Facebook has notified Messenger and Instagram users in Europe about blocking some features like stickers in Instagram and polls in Messenger. Users in these countries who access those features will report that the feature is temporarily unavailable.

This is Facebook’s job to respect the new rules for messaging services in Europe that Facebook is implementing. However, Facebook did not specify which features will be blocked, but the information on its support page is no longer available.


The polling feature on Messenger and Instagram is so that users can use the polls to plan and coordinate with others on Messenger. One team member can create polls, and others can vote to choose an activity, choose a time, or choose a location. Or the sticker feature, users can see stickers on Instagram to add donation stickers, challenge stickers, quiz labels, reverse stickers or poll stickers.

These features will be disabled in order to comply with new regulations governing the use of data in EU countries. It’s not known when Facebook will restore these features, but it’s more likely to return in the near future.

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