Refrigerators and rice cookers running Android? Yes, really

Yes you read that correctly: Android is being baked into rice cookers and refrigerators, including LG's new Smart Thinq model. This allows these devices to easily connect to the internet and with each other, as well as allowing Google and the manufacturers to collect useful data which could benefit them in the making of future products. 

Speaking to Bloomberg, IDC analyst Al Hilwa said,

Android is sitting pretty in this space to take more share from the incumbents. The fundamental advantage with Android is that the vendor can take a bigger chunk of the software and own it.

Various other products running Android are also being shown off at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week, including a Pocket Projector from Royal Philips Electronics and Samsung's 16-megapixel Galaxy Camera which can run most Android applications and features mobile data connectivity, a much easier thing to do thanks to the free use of Android manufacturers have.

The spreading of Android to more hardware products could benefit Google due to the promotion of its various applications and services that are built into Android itself. Users may also be much more likely to want or stay with Android smartphones and tablets if they can control other hardware with them. We wouldn't be surprised if we see more appliances such as washing machines and ovens running Android in the future.

Source: Bloomberg | Image via Sammobile

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This allows these devices to easily connect to the internet and with each other, as well as allowing Google and the manufacturers to collect useful data which could benefit them in the making of future products.

So its basically not for the consumer, just another way for companies to make more money from you and your data.

Oh my god. The company knows I like Milk and may deliver ads to my fridge telling me there is a sale on milk in my neighborhood local dairy store.

How dare those evil ******* do this?

"This allows these devices to easily connect to the internet and with each other, as well as allowing Google and the manufacturers to collect useful data which could benefit them in the making of future products. "

AKA, collect what food you eat to push you more ads.

Dot Matrix said,
"This allows these devices to easily connect to the internet and with each other, as well as allowing Google and the manufacturers to collect useful data which could benefit them in the making of future products. "

AKA, collect what food you eat to push you more ads.

I was thinking more along the lines of partnering with some food companies to sell them data about what's in people fridges.

Dot Matrix said,
AKA, collect what food you eat to push you more ads.

Why are Ads a bad thing? I tell anybody that buys an Kindle Fire not to pay extra to disable the Home screen Ads. You are getting ads based on what you use/buy right?

So if my refrigerator knows I live and what food I have in it, wouldn't the ads just tell me there is a sale on Milk today in Pathmark? Isn't this better for me?

I like the idea of automated & connected. Wifi thermostats are smart for example. I like the idea of scanning a barcode as you put things in your cupboard/fridge and then again when you consume it. I actually do it. a simple web app running on a raspberry pi that takes barcodes from my barcode scanner app and adds them to a database I can email for answers... PITA to build a sku database for the skus around my area.

Actually its not that cool. its a spreadsheet I update on my server. but it works.

Wait... Wasn't this exact same thing announced last year. Like, the exact same thing, from LG, if I recall. I know it was, and I read it here.

So... this is not new, at all.

I believe what you read was a Washing Machine and Dryer. It alerted you when your cloths were done. Not exactly a feature that is a must have.

would be cool if the display can scan your whole frige and tell you what you have in the frige from your phone so you can buy the one you miss.

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