Google Brillo: operating system for the Internet of Things

Google has confirmed Brillo, a stripped-down version of Android which its says will be the operating system for the Internet of Things.

Android head Sundar Pichai announced Brillo on 28 May at Google I/O, the search giant’s conference for developers.

Pichai said Brillo will consist of only the Android kernel, hardware abstraction layer, basic connectivity support, and device administration features such as analytics.

At launch, Brillo will support Wi-Fi and low-power Bluetooth, but Pichai said they will be working with partners to support other low-power connectivity options.

Along with Brillo, Google will also introduce Weave, a standardised way for devices, phones, and Internet services to talk to one another.

Android devices will automatically detect Brillo and Weave devices, said Pichai.

Brillo will launch in Q3 2015, and Weave in Q4.

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