Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) is creating an operating system for the Internet of Things and likely will unveil it next week at its I/O developer conference, according to multiple reports.
The reports from The Information and Fortune, citing unnamed sources, said the platform will be called "Brillo." The Information said that the software will likely be released under the Android brand and will run on low-powered devices, perhaps running on as little as 32 or 64 MB of RAM. The software could make it easier for developers and device makers to make connected devices and applications.
According to Fortune, the Brillo development is taking place separate from Google's Nest Labs division, which is working on Nest smart home devices like thermostats and connected security cameras. Google acquired Nest in early 2014 for $3.2 billion. The Fortune report said the software will work with Nest, but it is not part of the Nest division. As Fortune notes, getting Google-made software close to the hardware for IoT devices could let it control more functions of such devices, including security.
A Google spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Of course, Google is not the only one that wants to control a piece of the IoT market through software. Huawei this week launched what it calls the Agile IoT Solution, a platform consists of an IoT operating system called LiteOS, Agile IoT gateways and Huawei's Agile controller. The Chinese vendor said it wants to encourage "traditional" businesses to develop IoT services.
The IoT market continues to be fragmented with multiple players developing their own protocols and solutions. Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) has said that the first devices running its smart home HomeKit software will make their debut next month. Samsung Electronics just unveiled a new chipset platform for IoT called Artik, and chip designer ARM Holdings has been working to get developers to embrace its embedded OS.
- see this The Information article (sub. req.)
- see this Fortune article
- see this CNET article
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