By Venkat Rapaka, Director of Product Management, Google
The Android Things team has been working closely with our partners to create
compelling, secure and thoughtful IoT products. During the Consumer Electronics
Show (CES) in Las Vegas, a number of our OEM partners are announcing their first
set of products powered by Android Things. These products are built on certified
Android Things System-on-Modules (SoMs) from our silicon partners, benefit from
regular feature and security updates from Google, and have the Google Assistant
and Google Cast seamlessly built in.
New voice-activated speakers powered by Android Things are being announced at
CES, including the LG ThinQ WK7 and iHome iGV1. Turnkey hardware solutions based
on the Qualcomm SD212 Home Hub Platform, MediaTek MT8516 and Rockchip RK3229 SoM
are certified for the Assistant and Cast, and NXP i.MX 8M is coming soon. Two of
our Original Design Manufacturer (ODM) partners, Tymphany and Goertek, have created full speaker
reference designs based on these SoMs to further reduce development cost and
Today, we also announced that the Google Assistant is coming to smart displays powered by
Android Things. These new devices have the Assistant and Cast built in, and with
the added benefit of a touch screen, they can help you see and do more. Smart
displays from JBL, Lenovo,
LG (all based on the Qualcomm SD624 Home Hub Platform) and Sony (based on the
MediaTek MT8173 SoM) will be available later this year.
Of course, Android Things is designed to support a wide variety of devices
beyond speakers and smart displays. Prototype demos can be found in the NXP
booth, such as HandBot, DrawBot,
3D printer, and AI artwork T-shirts.
Starting tomorrow, you can visit the Google Assistant Playground (booth CP-21)
at CES to view new products, chipsets, and reference designs by our partners. In
addition, these devices are also available for display in other company spaces
throughout the conference, including Lenovo, LG, JBL, Qualcomm, MediaTek, NXP,
Rockchip, iHome, Goertek, and Tymphany.
Android Things is currently in Developer Preview, and you can get started with
the latest version DP6.1. You can use the Android Things Console to
download system images and flash existing devices. Feedback can be given by
reports and feature
requests, as well as on Stack
Overflow or our Google’s IoT Developers
Community. The Long Term Support release will be available this year, with
more details coming soon.