Qualcomm Technologies will add support for the new Android Things to its new Qualcomm Snapdragon processors.
Android Things is a new vertical of Android designed for Internet of Things (IoT) devices. Qualcomm’s expertise in Android and Snapdragon processors will support the development of a variety of connected devices aimed at both consumer and industrial applications. It hopes this initiative will help a vast number of developers participate in the IoT opportunity.
Jeffery Torrance, vice-president, business development, Qualcomm Technologies, said, "Since the launch of the first Android phone, Qualcomm and Google have closely collaborated to create new opportunities for developers in mobile, wearables and the IoT. We are pleased to work with Google on this new initiative to expand the Android ecosystem. We anticipate many new and exciting IoT products will result as developers can bring the power of the Snapdragon processor together with Android Things."
The design of IoT devices can be a complex task, usually requiring developers to bring together multiple connectivity technologies, sensors, data processing and storage, advanced multimedia and user interfaces, security, cloud integration, device management, as well as over-the-air upgrades and services.
Development can be particularly challenging in fragmented OS ecosystems lacking a consistent environment, software tools, and support required to create world-class applications.
Qualcomm states that Android Things running on Snapdragon processors will offer developers familiar connectivity environments, including cellular, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth; support for a wide array of sensors; camera, graphics, multimedia and rich UI capabilities; hardware-based security; Google services and cloud integration; test and optimisation tools, and more – allowing for rapid development of scalable, cost-effective and security-focused IoT solutions.