Qualcomm has announced two Home Hub platforms that will support Google’s Android Things at the Consumers Electronics Show (CES) 2018. The latest Home Hub platforms are expected to be generally available in the first quarter of 2018 and Lenovo Smart Display is the product that uses this platform.
The Qualcomm SDA212 SoC is designed to enable home devices appliances such as refrigerators, ovens and washing machines with a digital assistant and audio capability. The chipset brings a combination of processing capability, connectivity options, voice user interfaces and premium audio technologies all in one platform, allowing OEMs to deliver comprehensively featured and highly intuitive devices to consumers.
The high-end Qualcomm SDA624 SoC addsedge computing capabilities while bringing multimedia, video camera, touch display and more to Android Things devices such as smart displays, home monitoring cameras, smart thermostats and security panels. The latest chipset will allow home hub devices to support advanced tasks including video conferencing, remote video monitoring, movie and video streaming and more.
Both platforms support Wi-Fi 802.11ac 2×2 MU-MIMO and Bluetooth connectivity using Qualcomm Technologies’ QCA9379 chip. OEMs of all sizes will be able to purchase these platforms and use Android Things software to make products that provide consistent and familiar interactions while adding custom Android Package Kits (APKs) to create differentiated user experiences. Software and security updates can be pushed to installed devices through the Google Cloud, helping OEMs to quickly and efficiently add new features, fix bugs and security updates while reducing the cost of product lifecycle maintenance.
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Further, the platforms will support Google Assistant and other Google features like Cast for audio. The SDA624 supports video streaming using Google Cast, Video conferencing using Google Duo and Google Maps.