Today, as part of Google’s next Developer Preview release of Android
new Board Support Package
will be added for the Pico board powered by the NXP i.MX 7Dual applications
processor. Additionally, this latest release will include support for the
Google Assistant SDK enabling developers to embed the Google Assistant voice
services within their devices based on the i.MX7Dual.
Android Things, announced by Google in December 2016, is a version of the Android OS, which
has been modified for IoT specific needs.in both the connected home and
enterprise. Designed to enable product developers to quickly build secure
connected devices the addition and easy integration of the Google Assistant
with Android Things enables a whole new set of usage models as companies look
to integrate voice across the IoT market.
Together with the
i.MX 6UltraLite, the
becomes NXP’s second i.MX applications processor to be qualified by
Google to run Android Things at optimal performance. The i.MX 7Dual not only
adds a second ARM® Cortex®-A7 core to enable
higher overall performance, but also offers an integrated Cortex-M4 core for
low-power heterogenous multicore processing.
In addition to these core processing improvements and support for the Google
Assistant the following hardware and software features have been added:
Integrated Inter-IC Sound Bus (I2S) has been added to the Peripheral I/O
API, now enabling audio drivers to be written in user space for sound hardware
connected via an I2S-bus.
MIPI (CSI) Camera Serial Interface connector enabling the addition of small
footprint camera modules and high data transfer rates.
802.11 a/c Wi-Fi providing high throughput wireless networks on both the 2.4
and 5 GHz bands.
Bluetooth’s Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) enabling an
audio source in Android Things that can be heard using a Bluetooth speaker
These new features are offered in the same small form factor SOM as the
current Pico 6UL SOM and are sold with the same Pico base board as part of a
low-cost development kit.
The addition of support for Google’s Voice Assistant based on higher
performance from the i.MX7Dual applications processor greatly expands the
scope of IoT development with Android Things, without changing the goal of
enabling fast prototyping, product development and launch — all at
predictable scaling costs. For more details on the Pico i.MX7Dual and i.MX6UL
Android Things boards, please visit
Android Things and Voice Assistant.