Qualcomm to be first to support Android Things OS

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Qualcomm said it will become the first chipmaker to introduce support for Android Things OS, the new vertical of Android tailored for IoT devices.

Qualcomm plans to add Android Things OS support to its Snapdragon 210 system-on-chips with onboard X5 LTE modems.

The move is designed to support a new class of IoT applications such as electronic signage, remote video monitoring, asset tracking, payment and vending machines and manufacturing – as well as consumer devices including smart assistants and smart home appliances.

The system-on-chips will be designed to enable IoT devices equipped with them to support tasks that require high-performance multimedia processing and compute power, Qualcomm said. Examples include natural language processing, image and video analytics and device-based data processing.

In addition, Qualcomm plans to extend support for Android Things OS on a variant of its Smart Home Reference Platform.

“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,” Qualcomm VP of business development Jeffery Torrance said.

“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.”

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