Intel is excited about the updates Google* announced today as part of their third developer preview (DP3) of Android Things* for developers to prototype and build IOT devices. DP3 now supports Bluetooth® wireless technology and USB Host for all boards carrying the Intel® Edison and the Intel® JouleTM compute modules. These updates, combined with the compute power on the Intel® modules, further unlock the possibilities for prototyping IOT projects.
The Android Things developer community has been eagerly awaiting Bluetooth wireless technology support, and now both the Intel Joule and Intel Edison compute modules take advantage of this key connectivity protocol. Developers can now build and test standard Bluetooth functionality in their IOT projects, making designs easier to deploy, as well as more cost and power efficient.
The added USB Host support now enables the USB port on the Intel Joule and Intel Edison to detect USB peripherals. This makes connecting any standard USB flash drives or any human interaction devices possible.
Intel has also been hard at work adding MRAA* and UPM APIs to support Android Things on Intel platforms. MRAA is the lower level C/C++ library that allows developers to interface with low level I/Os and UPM is the high level library of sensor modules that calls on MRAA APIs. This allows users to easily communicate with hardware peripherals in the language of their choice. We look forward to sharing more details with you soon.
Visit our page to learn more about Google’s Android Things on Intel® architecture. And if you’re working on something interesting using Android Things on Intel architecture and would like to share, give us a shout. We’d love to hear from you.
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