Google improves Android relationship with Intel in Internet of Things

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While Intel may have cut relations with Android on smartphones and tablets, but its partnership with Google on Android for the IOT is getting stronger. Google’s Android Things, which is a slimmed down version of Android for smart devices, will be coming to Intel’s Joule 570x computer board.

This combination will enable makers to make Android-based gadgets or smart devices which can be used in home, retail, or industrial settings.

The Intel board adds a lot of processing and graphics capability to projects. With 4K graphics capabilities, the 570x is suitable for devices having screens or computer vision,  such as robots.

An extraordinary feature in Joule 570x is a RealSense 3D depth camera, that can recognize objects and measure distances. The board has an Atom T5700 processor, 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM, 16GB of storage, and 802.11ac Wi-Fi.

At the moment, just 3 boards — Raspberry Pi, Intel’s Edison, and NXP’s Pico i.MX6UL — support Android Things.

Placing Putting Android Things in more devices will help Google effectively compete with Amazon’s Alexa, the voice-assistant technology being used in more gadgets and home appliances.

 

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