Qualcomm new Home Hub platforms supporting Google’s Android Things

Qualcomm today announced two Home Hub platforms supporting Google’s Android Things; the SDA624 and SDA212 SoCs. The chips are designed with an aim to offer developers and OEMs a cost-effective way to develop home hubs featuring Google services such as the Google Assistant.

The Qualcomm SDA212 SoC is designed to enable home devices and appliances such as ovens,  washing machines and refrigerators  with a digital assistant and audio capability. The SoC allows OEMs deliver comprehensively featured products that combine processing capability, connectivity options, voice user interfaces and premium audio technologies all in one platform.

It also incorporates echo-cancellation, noise suppression and “barge-in” capability, supporting a richer voice user interface in loud or noisy environments. On the other hand, the Qualcomm SDA624 SoC adds edge computing capabilities by bringing multimedia capabilities like a video camera, touch display and more to Android Things devices such as smart displays, home monitoring cameras, smart thermostats and security panels.

Qualcomm SDA624 SoC brings support for advanced tasks including video conferencing, remote video monitoring, movie and video streaming and more. It also adds support for Google Cast, Google Duo, and Google Maps. Connectivity on both the chips includes Wi-Fi 802.11ac 2×2 MU-MIMO and Bluetooth connectivity using Qualcomm Technologies’ QCA9379 chip.

Lenovo launched a product dubbed as the Lenovo Smart Display using the Qualcomm Home Hub platforms and also has support for the Google Assistant. The Lenovo Smart Display comes in two variants; one with 8′ inch Full HD display and another with a 10′ inch Full HD display. Users can directly interact with Google assistant on the Smart Display via a 10-watt full-range speaker just as they would on a smartphone. In lenovo you can directly stream videos from YouTube along its free of cost.

The Smart Display in sleep mode doubles as a digital picture display to showcase images from a folder in Google Photos or other background images of your choosing. There is also a front-facing camera for video chats. The Lenovo Smart Display works well with connected things in your home and can be the singular command hub for all your smart devices, including those using Google’s Android Things platform.

It is powered by the Qualcomm SDA624 SoC with all the connectivity options mentioned. The Lenovo Smart Display 10-inch variant will be available in market with the natural bamboo color and 8-inch variant model will be available in market with the soft grey color. Both the 8′ and 10′ inch models are expected to be available in early summer 2018 and the price for the 10′ inch starts at $249.99 (Rs.15,865 approx.) and the 8′ inch model starts at $199.99 (Rs. 12,695 approx.).

Qualcomm Technologies will demonstrate products based on the Home Hub platforms at the CES 2018 show.

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