GOOGLE UNVEILED Project Brillo during its I/O keynote on Thursday, an "underlying operating system" for the Internet of Things (IoT).
Just as speculation last week suggested, Brillo is derived from Android, with Sundar Pichai saying that "we've taken it and polished it down, hence the name 'Brillo'."
This means that the IoT software comes with connectivity options including WiFi and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) baked-in, along with a number of "other low-power WiFi solutions."
Google boasts that, again because of its Android roots, Brillo is easy to secure, meaning that many device manufacturers can get to grips with the software. Broad silicon support is also included, Google notes, adding that developers can manage Brillo from a centralised management control system.
Google also points out that Brillo has low system requirements, hinting that as speculation last week suggested, the software will have its sights set on on low-powered devices with as little as 32MB or 64MB RAM. However, this was not confirmed during the keynote.
Brillo debuted alongside Weave, "the communications layer by which IoT devices can actually talk to each other", with Google saying that the IoT needs a common language that allows devices, the cloud and Brillo to easily interact.
Again, because it's built into Android, any Android-based device such as a smartphone or tablet be able to will automatically recognise other device based on Brillo or Weave. This means you'll be able to use your Galaxy S6 to switch on your oven, for example, or to control your Nest thermostat.
With a voice support also included, you'll even be able to control your IoT kit around the home by barking at your Android device.
Android boss Pichai said: "You need a common language so devices can talk to each other, the cloud and your phone. So we have standardised schemes, so these devices can have a common language, Weave," explained Pichai.
"[With Weave] a door can define can define lock and unlock that all devices in the ecosystem can understand. Anything that is Weave certified can understand each other. Even better, it's cross platform."
"We hope we can connect devices in a seamless and intuitive way to make them work better for users."
Brillo will be made available to developers in the third quarter, and Weave will be avalable in full-stack in Q4.
Huawei also made another move into IoT software last this week with the launch of LiteOS, a lightweight operating system designed for connected devices. µ
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