Project Brillo: Android for the Internet of Things

Connectivity is king. This is the overall late motif of Google I/O 2015. Google wants to be on your wrist and in your pocket. Google is going to be sitting next to you during your morning commute. It’s no secret that the search giant is trying to infiltrate your living room. What’s the next stop? Google wants Android to all the things; more specifically, Android needs to power the Internet of Things. At this year’s developer conference Google announced Project Brillo, a lightweight, embedded version of its mobile operating system that is designed specifically to handle the Internet of Things.

Brillo is the abstraction that could give us a fully automated home experience. When Google Now was incepted, the engineers in Mountain View wanted to mimic the computer that powered the Star Trek Enterprise. Along with their acquisition of Nest, Brillo looks like it could be the next step in making this kind of scifi tech a reality. Sundar Pinchai spent most of the Brillo segment of the keynote elaborating on Weave, the specific API framework that is meant to standardize all communication between Brillo devices. Look for Brillo to be available via preview this Fall. Weave should be published soon thereafter.

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