Internet of Things (IoT) or connected devices are all the rage these days and it is no surprise that Google also has its eyes on the subject. At the on-going Google I/O 2015 keynote, the tech giant has unveiled its take on IoT through what the company calls as the Project Brillo.
Derived from Android, Brillo is indeed an operating system for IoT. However, Google claimed that it has a very minimal footprint in order to allow Brillo to be used in products as tiny as a door lock. Nevertheless, Brillo still supports Wi-Fi, Bluetooth LE, and low power wireless solutions. Device manufacturers can even manage or update their Brillo products from a central console.
At the same time, Google has also unveiled Weave which is a cross-platform communication layer that allows Brillo devices to talk with each other as well with phones and cloud. The company also stated that any Android device will be able to detect Brillo and Weave devices natively. Android will also have a standardized user interface in order for users to setup such devices.
It is going to take some time before we see products based on Brillo though as it will apparently go into developer preview in Q3 this year. Not only that, Weave will take even more time to be ready as Google expects its full stack to be completed only in Q4 2015.