Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 will support Android Things
For those of you who might not know, Android Things is in fact a simpler build made by Google for the Internet of Things devices (kind of a weird phrasing indeed). It was released in 2016 as a developer preview, but the preview only supported few developer boards, such as Raspberry Pi 3, NXP Pico, the Intel Edison and Joule. However, Qualcomm now seems to be more determined to support Android Things on their Snapdragon 210 processor model in 2017.
Paradoxically, the Snapdragon 210 is not at all a powerful model. It is currently being used on the low-end devices, such as Microsoft Lumia 550 and Acatel Pixi 4. Even so, the company endowed it with an X5 LTE modem, which makes it suitable for the 4G LTE Advanced type of connectivity on carriers. This means it’s a good option and especially affordable, for the Internet of Things devices that are not connected to Wi-Fi.
Presumably, Qualcomm will reveal how the Android Things is running on Snapdragon 210 at the MWC (Mobile World Congress) event that will be taking place in Barcelona. However, even if they make the announcement, their plan will not be applied until later in 2017, so we will still have to wait a little longer.
In the press release, the company announced that they are quite proud about the fact that the Snapdragon 210 model will be the first one ever to offer this integrated 4G LTE support for the Android Things OS. The representatives also added that they are excited to offer people this opportunity to design more apps, oriented both towards the consumer and the industrial segments from Internet of Things, which is, of course, an advantage for everybody. It remains to be seen what great apps will we enjoy as an outcome of this step forward made by Qualcomm.