It seems every tech giant these days is hopping onto the Internet of Things (IoT) bandwagon. Chinese manufacturer Huawei recently announced its Lite OS, weighing 10KB only. And now, Google has responded with its own Internet of Things OS dubbed as ‘Brillo’, expected to be unveiled at its Google I/O developer conference on May 28, according to a report by The Information.
Not much has been revealed about ‘Brillo’, though it is expected to be launched under the Android brand, essentially to run on ultra-low power devices with 32MB or 64MB of RAM, which is quite a stark contrast compared to its Android OS that demands a minimum of 512MB RAM.
Google has however declined to make any comments as of now.
A single OS for smart home devices could turn out to be a very valuable addition for manufacturers. For instance, something like Brillo could negate compatibility issues between different smart devices brand. As consumers can have a hassle free shopping experience, without any concerns as their Brillo backed product can effectively communicate with some other product running the Brillo OS.
We are seeing a slew of manufacturers banking on high expectations with Internet of Things, a concept to hook just about anything one can think of to the World Wide Web. While officially announcing its LiteOS, Huawei stressed upon the fact that by 2015 there’ll be around 100 billion interconnected devices in the world, with nearly 2 million new sensors expected to be deployed every hour.
Huawei also announced that its LiteOS is essentially aimed at providing the “infrastructure companies need to build out connectivity in their devices.”
While analyst firm Gartner predicts that the number interconnected devices is expected to go as high as 26 billion units by 2020, turning formally dumb products into smart ones. Companies are now building Internet connectivity into their products so that they can link and communicate with other home appliances. Google’s Nest thermostat is a superb example of a former dumb product turned into a smart product. In the coming years, refrigerators, washing machines, and other home appliances will see Internet connectivity, along with cars.