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Google said to unveil “Brillo” OS for Internet of things at I/O

by Todd Haselton | May 21, 2015May 21, 2015 12:40 pm PST


IoT, or the “Internet of Things,” refers to devices that can connect to and talk with one another, like fridges that talk to other household appliances, smartphones that can control washing machines and more. Google already has a solid foundation in the space with its Nest unit, and it may soon have an operating system to power many more devices.

According to a report from The Information, Google is set to announce a new Internet of Things operating system, dubbed “Brillo,” during its Google I/O developer conference next week. The news outlet suggests it may be Android-powered, since it’s reportedly being developed by that team, but will have much lower hardware requirements for devices that may have just 32MB or 64MB of RAM.

That could allow, for example, a coffee maker to run its own Android-based operating system, one that’s much more limited than the version that powers your smartphone or tablet, but with enough power to connect to the Internet and actually serve as a “smart” appliance.

Brillo may be different from Apple’s HomeKit, which provides developers with tools to create gadgets, like light bulbs and other things, to connect to iOS-powered devices and take advantage of Siri. The first HomeKit devices should start hitting the market in June. A complete operating system may be much more powerful.

Google I/O kicks off next Thursday, May 28. TechnoBuffalo will be reporting live, and we’ll be sure to let you know more about Brillo if it’s discussed.

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Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...