Qualcomm Inc. announced Tuesday that its subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies, 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 initial 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 consumer devices, and Qualcomm plans to extend support of Android Things OS on a variant of its Qualcomm Smart Home Reference Platform.
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.
The platform also 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.
Snapdragon 210 processors running the Android Things OS are designed to deliver improved 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 at Qualcomm Technologies. “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.”