Announced late last year, Google is going full steam ahead with its rebranded Internet of Things OS. Android Things is especially aimed at allowing existing Android developers to easily build smart devices. Qualcomm has now announced that its entry-level Snapdragon 210 will support the OS later this year.
Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., plans to add support for the Android Things operating system (OS) on Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 210 processors with X5 LTE modems. The Android Things OS is a new vertical of Android designed for Internet of Things (IoT) devices, and Snapdragon processors are expected to be the world’s first commercial System-on-Chip (SoC) solutions to offer integrated 4G LTE support for this OS.
The Snapdragon 210 is the first SoC announced for Android Things that features integrated 4G LTE capabilities. This will enable gadgets that do not need to be tethered to Bluetooth or Wi-Fi in order to function. Additionally, the chip’s Google Cast for Audio support should allow for an even wider range of devices.
With the second developer preview released earlier this month, Google showcased on-device TensorFlow machine learning. It also announced support for Intel’s Joule platform, which adds to initial compatibility from NXP Pico, Intel Edison, and the Rasberry Pi 3.
Other specs of the Snapdragon 210 processor include a quad-core CPU, Adreno 304 graphics, and support for up to an 8 megapixel camera.
Unlike existing announced platforms, Qualcomm support is not available immediately and is instead slated for later this year.
Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) today announced that its subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., plans to add support for the Android Things operating system (OS) on Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 210 processors with X5 LTE modems. The Android Things OS is a new vertical of Android designed for Internet of Things (IoT) devices, and Snapdragon processors are expected to be the world’s first commercial System-on-Chip (SoC) solutions to offer integrated 4G LTE support for this OS. This combination is designed to support a new class of IoT applications requiring robust, security-focused and managed connectivity including electronic signage, remote video monitoring, asset tracking, payment and vending machines and manufacturing, as well as consumer devices such as smart assistants and home appliances. Snapdragon 210 processors running Android Things OS will also allow manufactures and developers to harness the power of the Google Cloud Platform and Google services over 4G LTE in their IoT solutions. Additionally, support for Google Cast for Audio in the Snapdragon 210 processor can help facilitate the development of innovative consumer devices, and Qualcomm Technologies plans to extend support of Android Things OS on a variant of its Qualcomm® Smart Home Reference Platform.
Snapdragon 210 processors running the Android Things OS are designed to deliver exceptional edge-processing capabilities by bringing high-performance multimedia processing and compute power to IoT devices. This is designed to support several tasks including natural language processing, database queries, image and video analytics, and data processing to be performed in the device itself rather than the cloud. Performing these activities on the device helps improve application responsiveness, save data transfer costs and enhance security and privacy. The integrated 4G LTE connectivity, edge-processing and security-oriented features built into the Snapdragon 210 processor, combined with superior access to the power and scalability of the Google Cloud Platform and Google services such as Google Cast for Audio, Google Drive and Firebase Analytics, can help manufacturers and service providers deliver advanced IoT applications while managing data more efficiently and effectively.
“We are very pleased to add support for Android Things OS on Qualcomm Technologies’ Snapdragon 210 processor and bring these exciting new development options to our IoT customers,” said Jeffery Torrance, vice president, business development, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “Integrated 4G LTE, a first for Android Things, combined with our other wireless technologies, brings comprehensive connectivity and capabilities to the Google Cloud Platform. Developers are now able to create cost-effective, innovative connected devices and applications for both consumer and industrial IoT segments, which will help accelerate and expand the development of the overall IoT ecosystem.”
Manufacturers will be able to use their expertise in Android and Snapdragon processors to help them quickly create and commercialize a variety of connected devices. They will have access to familiar connectivity environments, including cellular, Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth®; support for a wide array of sensors; camera, graphics, multimedia and rich UI capabilities. Additionally the platform offers hardware-based security; Google services and cloud integration; well-known development tools such as Qualcomm Technologies’ development platforms, Android Studio and the Android SDK; widely-available test and optimization tools, and more, allowing for rapid development of scalable, cost-effective and security-focused IoT solutions.
The Snapdragon 210 processor is a cost-effective solution capable of extending 4G LTE connectivity more broadly, making it ideal for high-volume consumer and industrial IoT applications. The processor features integrated 4G LTE-Advanced Cat 4 connectivity with carrier aggregation, high-quality multimedia experiences with Full-HD (1080p) playback with hardware HEVC, high performance and power efficiency with quad-core CPU and Qualcomm® Adreno™ 304 graphics, and superior camera capabilities with up to 8 megapixel camera support and leading enhanced computational camera functionalities.
Support for Android Things on Snapdragon 210 processors is anticipated to be available later this year.
Qualcomm Technologies will demonstrate the Android Things platform running on the Snapdragon 210 processor at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, February 27 – March 2, Hall 3, Stand 3E10.
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