Google’s Project Brillo is an OS for Internet of Things
After smartphones, tablets, wearables and automobiles, Google is now ready to release a software platform for Internet for Things. The company on Thursday announced the new Project Brillo, which is Google’s operating system for low-power smart devices with bare-minimum memory like parking meters, airport kiosks, and lightbulbs.
According to Google, Brillo is derived from Android, but only includes core software of the platform. Still, it work play nicely with other Android devices like smartphones. Brillo will be available later this year with a preview version expected in Q3.
“Brillo extends the Android platform to all your connected devices, so they are easy to set up and work seamlessly with each other and your smartphone,” noted Google.
Not many details are available at this point, but Google has stated that Brillo will come with broad silicon and hardware support as well as compatibility for connectivity options like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. In addition, it will offer device administration console for metrics, crash reporting and update services.
Alongside Brillo, Google is also introducing a communications protocol called Weave. It has bee developed in partnership with Nest and provides a set of developer APIs, core set of schemas and certification program to ensure device and app interoperability.