Qualcomm Technologies has announced intention to collaborate with Google to add support for the new Android Things operating system in Qualcomm Snapdragon processors.
Android Things is a new vertical of Android designed for Internet of Things (IoT) devices. Developers can leverage their expertise in Android and Qualcomm Snapdragon Processors to accelerate development of IoT solutions, Qualcomm said in a statement.
Qualcomm said designing 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 Technologies and Google are uniquely positioned to address these challenges, however, the company said. 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 optimization tools, and more.
Jeffery Torrance, vice president, business development, Qualcomm Technologies, said “We are pleased to announce our intent 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 are able to bring the power of the Snapdragon processor together with Android Things.”
The new initiative allows for rapid development of scalable, cost-effective and security-focused IoT solutions, the company said.