Chipset major Qualcomm Technologies today said it plans to add support for the Android Things operating system (OS) on Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 processors with X5 LTE modems.
Snapdragon processors, which are expected to be the world’s first commercial System-on-Chip (SoC) solutions, will offer integrated 4G LTE support for the Android Things OS, a new vertical of Android designed for Internet of Things (IoT) devices.
Qualcomm aims to support IoT applications 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 allow manufactures and developers to use Google Cloud Platform and Google services over 4G LTE in their IoT solutions. Support for Google Cast for Audio in the Snapdragon 210 processor can facilitate the development of innovative consumer devices.
Qualcomm Technologies plans to extend support of Android Things OS on a variant of its Qualcomm Smart Home Reference Platform.
“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 able to create cost-effective connected devices and applications for both consumer and industrial IoT segments,” said Jeffery Torrance, vice president, business development, Qualcomm Technologies.
Qualcomm said the Snapdragon 210 processor can extend 4G LTE connectivity more broadly and is suitable for high-volume consumer and industrial IoT applications. The processor features 4G LTE-Advanced Cat 4 connectivity with carrier aggregation, high-quality multimedia experiences with Full-HD (1080p) playback with hardware HEVC, and power efficiency with quad-core CPU and Qualcomm Adreno 304 graphics.