Brillo – Google’s new Android-based OS for Internet of Things
Internet giant, Google, wants everything to go smart. As a first step to that, Google laid the foundation stone by introducing a dedicated operating system for Internet of Things, Brillo, based on the world’s most popular Mobile OS, Android. The launch happened at the 2015 Google I/O at San Francisco, CA, USA.
Google I/O is an annual conference of Google developers held at San Francisco where Google’s selected developers get trained about all Google products and platforms throughout the technical sessions. It is also an event by Google to launch new products and services of the company.
With Brillo, Google states that the firm hasn’t dropped its dream about the vast opportunities left with the Internet of Things which include making your home a smart home by enabling the devices at home to talk each other and to have them all connected with your smartphone.
Nest Labs has put a lot of effort in bringing out Brillo into the world. Nest Labs, a home automation company, was acquired by Google in 2014 for $3.2 Billion. The firm involves in manufacturing sensor-driven, Wi-Fi-enabled, self-learning, programmable thermostats and smoke detectors. Nest is treated as a separate brand even since Google’s acquisition.
Still, the questions are raised up – what is Brillo and what are its features? Let’s check them all detailed in the following sessions.
What is Google Brillo?
Brillo is a dedicated operating system for Internet of Things developed by Google developers. Brillo OS is basically nothing but a trimmed down version of Android OS that runs on battery powered internet connected wearables and devices. Along with the introduction of Brillo, Google wants to give smart capabilities to connected devices in consumers’ houses so as objects from thermostats to washing machines are connected or linked to each other and to the web by helping the Internet of Things manufacturers to reduce the cost and saving the time to be spent.
What are the Features of Google Brillo?
Brillo is certainly packed with a bunch of features to take things to the future quicker and easier. Google’s new investment is definitely a milestone in transforming consumer houses into smart and safe than ever. Let’s scroll down what are all comprised along with Brillo OS.
Brillo is a lower-end version of Android in order to work very efficiently and stably even with a wide range of low-end power hardware platforms, silicon vendors, wearables, and devices such as smart light bulbs or security cameras which are powered by a RAM of 64MB or even 32MB.
All that you need to do is implement the product and application. And the left things needed are already preset.
As your devices are connected via Brillo, you get each and every update regarding your devices. And Google is making things as simple as it could be.
Will make IoT space vast
Brillo is not the first of its kind. In 2012, Samsung launched Tizen OS and the South Korean electronic giant wants its OS to be the OS of everything. Huawei is the other player who have invested in IoT. LiteOS, a lightweight OS for IoT devices is what the product of the Chinese firm. The introduction of Brillo will add more space, freedom and easiness for IoT device consumers.
Consumes less power
Brillo runs on Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Low Energy using the minimal system requirements such as low memory and small processors. It requires less power to run the show.
Weave for communication
Along with Brillo, Google also launched Weave, a communication standard which lets IoT devices to get connected each other locally and via cloud. Weave makes connectivity smoother and safer. As it’s integrated into the Google mobile platform, it supports both Android OS and iOS.