Another announcement from Google at IO has unveiled Google’s brand new Android Open Accessory standard which is Arduino based and allows Android devices to integrate with hardware via USB or shortly to be supported in the near future Bluetooth.
Previously many Android-powered devices were only capable of acting as a USB device and could not initiate connections with external USB devices. Android Open Accessory support overcomes this limitation and allows you to build accessories that can interact with an assortment of Android-powered devices by allowing the accessory initiate the connection.
The Android Open Accessory Development Kit (ADK) provides an implementation of an Android USB accessory that is based on the Arduino open source electronics prototyping platform, the accessory’s hardware design files, code that implements the accessory’s firmware, and the Android application that interacts with the accessory.
For more information on the new Android Open Accessory standard visit the Android Developers website.
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