New Products At CES powered by Android Things

By Venkat Rapaka, Director of Product Management, Google

The Android Things team has been working closely with our partners to create compelling, secure and thoughtful IoT products. During the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, a number of our OEM partners are announcing their first set of products powered by Android Things. These products are built on certified Android Things System-on-Modules (SoMs) from our silicon partners, benefit from regular feature and security updates from Google, and have the Google Assistant and Google Cast seamlessly built in.

New voice-activated speakers powered by Android Things are being announced at CES, including the LG ThinQ WK7 and iHome iGV1. Turnkey hardware solutions based on the Qualcomm SD212 Home Hub Platform, MediaTek MT8516 and Rockchip RK3229 SoM are certified for the Assistant and Cast, and NXP i.MX 8M is coming soon. Three of our Original Design Manufacturer (ODM) partners, Tymphany, Goertek, and Tonly, have created full speaker reference designs based on these SoMs to further reduce development cost and time-to-market.

Today, we also announced that the Google Assistant is coming to smart displays powered by Android Things. These new devices have the Assistant and Cast built in, and with the added benefit of a touch screen, they can help you see and do more. Smart displays from JBL, Lenovo, LG (all based on the Qualcomm SD624 Home Hub Platform) and Sony (based on the MediaTek MT8173 SoM) will be available later this year.

Of course, Android Things is designed to support a wide variety of devices beyond speakers and smart displays. Prototype demos can be found in the NXP booth, such as HandBot, DrawBot, 3D printer, and AI artwork T-shirts.

Starting tomorrow, you can visit the Google Assistant Playground (booth CP-21) at CES to view new products, chipsets, and reference designs by our partners. In addition, these devices are also available for display in other company spaces throughout the conference, including Lenovo, LG, JBL, Qualcomm, MediaTek, NXP, Rockchip, iHome, Goertek, and Tymphany.

Android Things is currently in Developer Preview, and you can get started with the latest version DP6.1. You can use the Android Things Console to download system images and flash existing devices. Feedback can be given by filing bug reports and feature requests, as well as on Stack Overflow or our Google's IoT Developers Community. The Long Term Support release will be available this year, with more details coming soon.