Google Is Preparing an OS for the Internet of Things
Google’s I/O developer conference is edging closer (May 28 – 29), and the company seems to have a number of spectacular things in plan for us: from Android M and new wearables, to Google’s standalone photo sharing service and more info about Project Ara. In addition to all of that, we’ve learned (via The Information) that Google is developing an operating system for the Internet of Things.
New Google OS Codenamed “Brillo”
According to the report from The Information, “Brillo” will be based on the existing Android OS and will run on devices that function on as little as 64 or 32MB of RAM. These include various sensors, dongles, light bulbs, door locks, and more. Basically, gadgets and gizmos that could help other companies build “smart” home equipment. The drop in RAM will be quite a change for Google, since its latest Android versions require phones to run on at least 512MB of RAM.
Always Connected with the IoT
The Internet of Things is considered to be the next big thing in the world of tech, and for a good reason, too. Namely, it is supposed to connect any device with an on/off switch to the Internet: coffee makers, headphones, lamps, wearable devices, fridges, etc. Anything you can think of.
Still not sure what the IoT is and how it will affect you? Picture this: you need to wake up at 6AM, so you set your alarm clock for that specific time. At the same time the alarm goes off, it also notifies your coffee machine to start brewing coffee for you. Scenario #2: you are at work and running low on office supplies, but have no time to order them. Well, with the Internet of Things, your office equipment would know exactly when to re-order more. Sounds good, doesn’t it? Okay, so it’s a bit more complicated than that, but this is the gist of it.
We’re definitely excited to learn more about Google’s plans for the IoT, what about you? As soon as we have more details (which will probably be next week), we will let you know.0