This article uses an indoor air test project as an example to explain how to connect Google Android Things to IoT Platform.


  • Hardware list for the project

    The following table lists the hardware required by the indoor air test project.

    Hardware Picture Remarks

    NXP Pico i.MX7D

    Development board

    Android Things 1.0
    Note You can also use Raspberry Pi instead.


    Temperature and humidity sensor

    Supports I2C data communication method.


    Formaldehyde detection sensor

    Supports UART data communication method.
  • Diagram of the hardware connection
    • Connect the SCL (clock line) and SDA (data line) pins of the temperature and humidity sensor (DHT12) with the I2C SCL and SDA pins of the development board.
    • Connect the TXD (transmit data) pin of the formaldehyde detection sensor (ZE08-CH2O) with the RXD (receive data) pin of the development board, and connect the RXD pin of ZE08-CH2O with the TXD pin of the development board.

Create a product and device in the Alibaba Cloud IoT Platform console

  1. Log on to the IoT Platform console.
  2. Create a product in IoT Platform.

    On the Products page, click Create Product. For more information, see Create a product.

  3. Define features for the newly created product.
    1. After the product is successfully created, click Create TSL.
    2. On the Define Feature tab page of Product Details, click Edit Draft > Self-defined Feature > Add Self-defined Feature.
    3. Define the following features.
      Property name Identifier Data type Value range Description
      Temperature temperature float -50~100 Detected by DHT12.
      Humidity humidity float 0~100 Detected by DHT12.
      Formaldehyde concentration ch2o double 0~3 Detected by ZE08.
    4. Click Update to publish this TSL.
  4. Create a device

    On the Devices page, select the name of the newly created product, click Add Device, and then create a device. For more information, see Create a device.

Develop the Android Things client

  1. Use Android Studio to create an Android Things project, and add the permission for Internet.
    <uses-permission android:name="android.permission.INTERNET" />
  2. Add eclipse.paho.mqtt to Gradle file.
    implementation 'org.eclipse.paho:org.eclipse.paho.client.mqttv3:1.2.0'
  3. Set that data of DHT12 is read through I2C.
    private void readDataFromI2C() {
            try {
                byte[] data = new byte[5];
                i2cDevice.readRegBuffer(0x00, data, data.length);
                // check data
                if ((data[0] + data[1] + data[2] + data[3]) % 256 ! = data[4]) {
                    humidity = temperature = 0;
                // humidity data
                humidity = Double.valueOf(String.valueOf(data[0]) + "." + String.valueOf(data[1]));
                Log.d(TAG, "humidity: " + humidity);
                // temperature data
                if (data[3] < 128) {
                    temperature = Double.valueOf(String.valueOf(data[2]) + "." + String.valueOf(data[3]));
                } else {
                    temperature = Double.valueOf("-" + String.valueOf(data[2]) + "." + String.valueOf(data[3] - 128));
                Log.d(TAG, "temperature: " + temperature);
            } catch (IOException e) {
                Log.e(TAG, "readDataFromI2C error " + e.getMessage(), e);
  4. Set that data of Ze08-CH2O is read through UART.
    try {
                    // data buffer
                    byte[] buffer = new byte[9];
                    while (, buffer.length) > 0) {
                        if (checkSum(buffer)) {
                            ppbCh2o = buffer[4] * 256 + buffer[5];
                            ch2o = ppbCh2o / 66.64 * 0.08;
                        } else {
                            ch2o = ppbCh2o = 0;
                        Log.d(TAG, "ch2o: " + ch2o);
                } catch (IOException e) {
                    Log.e(TAG, "Ze08CH2O read data error " + e.getMessage(), e);
  5. Connect Alibaba Cloud IoT Platform and the client, and report data.
    Payload format
      "id": 123243,
      "params": {
        "temperature": 25.6,
        "humidity": 60.3,
        "ch2o": 0.048
      "method": ""
    MqttMessage message = new MqttMessage(payload.getBytes("utf-8"));
    String pubTopYourPc = "/sys/${YourProductKey}/${YourDeviceName}/thing/event/property/post";
    mqttClient.publish(pubTopic, message);

View real-time data of the device

After the device is enabled, you can view the real-time data of the device from the Status column on the Device Details page in IoT Platform console.