Android home automation appears in 4.2.2 update

Android's long-rumoured home automation capabilities may have been revealed in the inner workings of the latest 4.2.2 update.

The system configuration files within the update mention both mesh networking and Android@home, both of which in theory relate to home automation and Android.

Android@home was shown by Google more than two years ago and then disappeared almost instantly into the ether. Since then, Google hasn't mentioned it once. So could it be coming back?

Home automation is gradually becoming a bigger deal. CES this year had gadgets such as Belkin's iOS-controlled WeMo range of light switches and connected home gadgetry. Android integrating this kind of home automation directly into the OS makes sense.

The Android Open Accessory API also exists and is able to put hardware and applications together, provided there is an Android smartphone somewhere in between.

We can't say much else about Android@home other than it is in theory coming, should Android's 4.2.2 inner workings show. In the meantime, take a look at this demo from Google I/O back in 2011.