Mouser offers many Android Open Accessory Development Platforms from leading suppliers.
Android has a large community of developers writing apps that extend the functionality of the devices. Android powers millions of phones, tablets, and other devices and brings the power of Google and the web into your hands. As of February 2012 there were more than 450,000 apps available for Android, and the estimated number of applications downloaded from the Android Market as of December 2011 exceeded 10 billion.
By providing an open development platform, Android offers developers the ability to build extremely rich and innovative applications. Developers are free to take advantage of the device hardware, access location information, run background services, set alarms, add notifications to the status bar, and much, much more. With an amazingly fast browser, cloud sync, multi-tasking, easy connect & share, and the latest Google apps Android powered devices are beyond smart.
Developers have full access to the same framework APIs used by the core applications. The application architecture is designed to simplify the reuse of components; any application can publish its capabilities and any other application may then make use of those capabilities (subject to security constraints enforced by the framework). This same mechanism allows components to be replaced by the user.
The Microchip DM240415 PIC24F Accessory Development Starter Kit for Android™ is a standalone board for evaluating and developing electronic accessories for Google's Android operating system for smartphones and tablets. The Microchip Technology DM240415 PIC24F Accessory Development Starter Kit for Android consists of a 16-bit PIC24 development board, a PICkit™ 3 In-Circuit Debugger and a royalty-free, no fee licensed software library (available via download) that enables the fast and easy development of Android smartphone and tablet accessories based on Microchip's portfolio of 16-bit and 32-bit PIC® microcontrollers.
Arduino Mega Android™ Development Kit is a microcontroller board based on the ATmega2560 . It has a USB host interface to connect with Android -based phones, based on the MAX3421e IC . It has 54 digital input/output pins (of which 14 can be used as PWM outputs), 16 analog inputs, 4 UARTs (hardware serial ports), a 16 MHz crystal oscillator, a USB connection, a power jack, an ICSP header, and a reset button. Similar to the Mega 2560 and Uno , the Arduino Mega Android Development Kit features an Atmega8U2 programmed as a USB-to-serial converter.
Arduino recommends viewing Google's ADK documentation for information on using the board with the Android OS. The hardware design files and firmware code are contained in the ADK package download, available on the site.
Embedded Artists Android Open Accessory Application (AOAA) Kit is a stand-alone platform for evaluating and prototyping electronic accessories for Google's Android operating system. It lets the user get up-and-running with Android OpenAccessory experiments immediately. The AOAA board is also suitable for experimenting with CAN, Ethernet, and RF networks. The Android Open Accessory Application Kit has been developed by Embedded Artists in close cooperation with NXP. It contains two microcontrollers from NXP, the LPC1769 (Cortex-M3) and LPC11C24 (Cortex-M0). The two microcontrollers are connected via an on-board CAN network.
Digi International Digi® Application Development Kit for Android™ builds on the strong Android software foundation and its rich eco-system by providing a complete and easy-to-use Android application development solution that is designed to meet the specific needs of embedded developers. Android is an ideal software platform to create professional and feature-complete products with significantly reduced software development effort and improved overall time-to-market.
Ready to use right out of the box, the kit includes the Android development tools, Android platform, Digi software and API extensions, the Eclipse-based Digi ESP™ IDE, development board with ConnectCore® for i.MX module, 7" WVGA LCD panel with touch screen, and documentation. The Digi software and API extensions also provide abstracted access to embedded peripherals and interfaces that are typically not available as part of the standard Android framework, including interfaces such as I2C and SPI. In addition, the Digi Application Development Kit for Android also implements fully transparent support for Ethernet and Wi-Fi network connectivity as well as seamless iDigi Device Cloud support for Android applications.
The software support for the hardware capabilities of Digi's ConnectCore for i.MX module family combined with the Digi extensions for Android enable customers to design Android based products without the typically complex and often difficult low-level system development effort.