Qualcomm Targets IoT Anew with Snapdragon 210 and SoC
Qualcomm today revealed two new sets of products design with the Internet of Things in mind. First, the company plans to add support for the Android Things operating system to its Snapdragon 210 processors and X5 LTE modems. Android Things is Google's IoT platform. Qualcomm says the the Snapdragon 210 and X5 combo will be the most powerful processor/modem available to Android Things, allowing developers and hardware makers to design more capable devices and services. Some possible use cases include electronic signage, video monitoring, and asset tracking, as well as smart home assistants and smart appliances. The Snapdragon 210 and X5 SoC for Android Things will be available later this year. Separately, Qualcomm said it is sampling two new SoCs for IoT that combine three radios into a single package. The QCA4020 includes Bluetooth Low Energy 5, Dual-band Wi-Fi, and 802.15.4-based technologies, including ZigBee and Thread. The QCA4024 integrates Bluetooth Low Energy 5 and 802.15.4 tech. These modules will support a wide range of IoT platforms, including Apple's HomeKit, Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Open Connectivity Foundation. Qualcomm expects to see them put to use in smart cities, toys, home control and automation, networking, and home entertainment. The QCA4020 and QCA4024 are sampling now and will reach consumer devices later this year,
Apple Retunes Apple Music for Android Devices
Apple today released Apple Music 2.0 for Android handsets and the app introduces a number of features found on the iOS version. To start, Apple Music for Android drops all elements of Google's Material Design in favor of Apple's app design language.
Qualcomm's Latest Snapdragon Is for Entry-Level Phones
Qualcomm today announced the Snapdragon 210, a processor and transceiver intended for entry-level smartphones and tablets. According to Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 210 supports multimode 3G/4G LTE and LTE Dual SIM configurations at low costs.
Snapdragon Wear to Serve as Qualcomm's Smartwatch Platform
Qualcomm today announced Snapdragon Wear, a new platform for wearable devices. The Snapdragon Wear 2100 system-on-a-chip is the first product in the Snapdragon Wear platform and is meant to improve next-generation smartwatches.
Android Things Earns Second Dev Preview from Google
Google has released a second developer preview of its Google Things IoT platform. Android Things lets developers create smart and connected devices using existing Android APIs and Google services.
Verizon Launches Cat M1 LTE Specifically for Internet of Things
Verizon Wireless has created what it says is the first nationwide LTE Category M1 network for IoT devices and services. The Cat M1 network relies on a new class of LTE chipset designed specifically for low-power use cases, such as sensors.