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[Android ] Google releases Android Things Developer Preview 4 adds Assistant SDK support on all certified boards for IoT devices

Android Things is now on its fourth developer preview and with it brings support for the Google Assistant SDK on all certified development boards. Additionally, this release adds support for more devices, as well as a way to help developers build production-ready devices.

Google decided not to wait for tomorrow’s start of its Google I/O conference to launch the latest developer version of its Android Things operating system. The company has released the fourth preview version of the OS, which is designed for used by Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

Google says this new version will allow its supported IoT boards to access its Google Assistant SDK tools, which means that development boards like the Intel Edison, the NXP Pico i.MX6UL and the Raspberry Pi 3 can use the company’s voice-command digital assistant.

Support for the Google Assistant SDK is now available on all Android Things certified development boards, following a partnership with AIY Projects earlier this month. Similar to the open-source hardware dev kits, DP4 features the necessary drivers needed.

The fourth preview build also adds support for another developer board, the NXP i.MX7D. In addition, the company has released both the code and the hardware design files for the Intel Edison Candle.  This will be the first of a series of such releases by Google, which are supposed to show third-party OEMs how Android Things on the software side can work together with the appropriate hardware. Google says that the design files can be used by hardware makers to quickly fabricate the module.

This release also adds a new Board Support Package for the NXP i.MX7D. It supports higher performance than the existing i.MX6UL while still using a low power System on Module (SoM) design.

Additionally, support for the Inter-IC Sound Bus (I2S) has been added to the Peripheral I/O API and enables audio drivers to be written in user space for sound hardware connected via an I2S bus. DP4 also adds support for developers to enable/disable Bluetooth profiles at run time.

Google will be showing off demos of Android Things software and hardware projects this coming week at Google I/O. In the meantime, if you are skilled in IoT projects, you can go ahead and download Developer Preview 4 images from the Android Things site. You might also want to join Google’s IoT Developers Community on Google+ to chat and learn from others who are working on Android Things.projects. There’s no word yet on when Google plans to launch a non-preview version of the OS.

With a major focus of Android Things on helping developers build production-ready devices that can be brought to market, Google is releasing a series of production samples showcasing hardware and software designs working together. The first is the Edison Candle, with code and hardware designs now available online and can be easily fabricated by third-parties.

DP4 images are now available for download, along with updated release notes.