New Google development boards

A brief review of the 4 boards from Google IoT kit
to be released for Android Things 1.0

The time has come for Google to step in the game of IoT stuff, so it has released the Android Thing 1.0 which is an IoT-oriented version of Android. With this, Google has also announced the release of their four new Google development boards for their Google IoT Kit:

  • i.MX8M (by Innocomm) based on WB10-AT
  • Open-Q 212A (by Intrinsyc) based on Snapdragon 212
  • Open-Q 624A (by Intrinsyc) based on Snapdragon 634
  • MediaTek MT8516

One of the most desirable thing for users has become free Over-the-Air security and patch updates for 3 years which Google provides for their devices. Also, the boards are notably biased to audio projects, like smart speakers and automation hubs that might support integration with Google Assistant. The Electronic Labs made a great detailed review of all the 4 Google production boards. In this post, we are going to highlight only the most valuable features of each board in brief.

i.MX8M WB10-AT

Innocomm i.MX8M WB10-AT

WB10-AT model looks pretty much alike the WB10. The only difference is that WB10-AT features 1GB LPDDR4 instead of 2GB. It has also got more than 8GB eMMC, includes Bluetooth 4.2, and can boast its 4K HDR support via HDMI 2.0.

Open-Q 212A

Intrinsyc Open-Q 212A Snapdragon 212

It’s obvious that Open-Q 212A is made for voice-controlled home products and smart speakers. Users will be really delighted by its PCB antennas, MIPI interfaces (DSI and CSI), a USB debug port, 4GB eMMC, WiFi-ac, and BT 4.2.

Open-Q 624A

Intrinsyc Open-Q 624A Snapdragon 634

Apart from the previous model, mentioned above, Open-Q 624A with Snapdragon 634 inside is a high-end Android Things board. It’s got 2GB RAM, octa-core Snapdragon with 8 Cortex-A53 cores. It also features USB 3.0 Type-C port, sensor expansion, a haptic output, and an optional GPS receiver, which is available with an antenna.

MediaTek MT8516

MediaTek MT8516

MT8516 is a virtual SoM with a 1.3GHz quad-core Cortex-A35 and provides 4-channel I2S x2, 8-channel TDM, and 2-channel PDM input for voice input control and connected audio. All this proves the board to be optimized for high-load

Final notes

If you are interested in using Google boards and also wonder, what type of projects you can also do on them, consider ExaGear Desktop software to help you. Th matter os that ExaGear is a powerful emulator that is able to run almost any software on almost any hardware.

Literally, the possibilities of making projects are limitless. You can use your imagination to try different projects besides those mentioned in this post. For that, if you ever need something special to be installed on Google boards, try to use ExaGear Desktop application for this purpose.

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