Qualcomm pledges support for Android Things, Google's IoT OS

Qualcomm pledges support for Android Things, Google's IoT OS
The Internet of Things is the Next Big Thing™, at least according to pretty much any tech executive, which is the reason pretty much everyone has, in some way or form, jumped on the bandwagon. Google did it some time ago with its Project Brillo, now known as Android Things, which is a separate OS based on Android whose aim is to fix the IoT's many problems, the biggest of which is security. Today, chip maker Qualcomm has announced it will support the OS on one of its processors, bringing LTE connectivity to the platform for the first time.

The Snapdragon 210, one of Qualcomm's entry-level processors, is said to receive support for Android Things "later this year". The processor is intended for cost-effective, large-scale IoT solutions, and the chip maker describes it as suitable for "natural language processing, database queries, image and video analytics", providing businesses a cheaper alternative to using cloud processing for handling their data. Android Things could provide such clients access to many of Google's services, while also being much more secure than existing solutions. While the 210 is mainly intended for corporate use, the company says it plans to extend its support towards consumer-facing devices, targeting at least one of its processors intended for smart home devices.

The Internet of Things is a broad term describing single-purpose, internet-connected devices of any kind, including wearables, connected cars, smart homes, medical devices, and more. While the idea of the IoT is a very good one, its implementations have been mostly poor, especially so in terms of security (examples include thermostat ransomware and botnets comprising millions of IoT devices). Android Things is Google's attempt to rectify that problem, and support from chip makers, especially one as big as Qualcomm, is certainly welcome.

source: Qualcomm 

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5 Comments

1. athos07m

Posts: 137; Member since: Apr 22, 2012

Shut up and release the SD660 already. Also quit the anticompetitive practices, and develop a proper killer 'big' core to rival the Hurricane.

2. sgodsell

Posts: 7592; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Qualcomm has already proven themselves. Especially with the SD 835. That is a desktop class SoC, especially when it can sustain a 4k display at 60 fps. Plus it's using the latest LPDDR4X ram, clocked at 2133 MHz, using multi channel ram. It can use 8 GB of RAM, plus the SD 835 supports Bluetooth 5.0, UFS 2.1, HDMI 2.0, USB-C 3.1 throughput. It's based on 10 nm process. This is like have a desktop/laptop classed processor, only it will be sitting in the palm of your hands.

3. vincelongman

Posts: 5753; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Dam Qualcomm where are you new low end SoC? Still using the A7 and 28nm How about some dual and quad core A35s for IoT and wearables? And some 14nm dual and quad core A35s for highend wearables

4. sgodsell

Posts: 7592; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Yeah, that would be nice. I would also love to see Qualcomm place ram and storage on their SoCs as well (POP). Kind of like the Raspberry PI's where they included ram on the same SoC package. I would love to see a Processor (SoC) with not only a GPU, but ram, and storage as well. Say 1 GB of RAM and 4 GB of storage built in. Hey while their at it, they could also include a built in accelerometer and gyroscope as well as wifi and Bluetooth thrown in for good measure.

5. vincelongman

Posts: 5753; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Oh that would be good to Most SoCs have GPU, ram, wifi, bluetooth integrated Sometimes storage is too, although not often

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