Google officially announced its rumored Brillo, its Android-based operating system for smart home devices and the internet of things. The Senior Vice President Sundar Pichai describes smart device set-up process, by which you can simply select a device on your phone and it will automatically discover and link up to other Brillo/Weave supported devices. He said that Brillo will work with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 wireless standards.
Google announced two pieces of software for the smart home and the broader collection of connected devices around us, increasingly known as the internet of things. Those two pieces are Brillo; an operating system aims to connect all of the smart gadgets in your home through an Android Smartphone.
Brillo is simple, supported by as many devices as possible, and very secure, and Weave is a “common language” created by Google that devices can use to talk about things like locking a door, taking a photo, or measuring moisture. But complexity inherent in the Internet of Things (IoT)—the movement to connect gadgets, sensors, appliances and more to the Internet and each other Google will keep adding more functions as it thinks of them, Google bills Weave as its cross-platform communications layer—which means it will allow a variety of devices, not just Android gadgets, to talk to each other.
The company says that with Brillo and Weave, it will offer a modular approach that lets developers use one or both, developers will be able to submit their own functions, which Google will vet and potentially add in. Brillo will be ready for developer preview in Q3 2015, with Weave to follow in Q4. It will consist of the operating system that presumably users will interact with to control their devices, as well as a “communication layer” called Weave.
Weave will allow supporting smart home devices to understand what other smart devices are doing. Weave devices are even required to go through a certification program to ensure that they work properly. And importantly, Weave doesn’t have to run on Brillo — so appliance manufacturers can theoretically add it on to their existing products.
Google’s ambitions go beyond the home, says Sundar Pichai, Google’s head of Android. “You can imagine a farmer managing the entire farm from a Smartphone, the security cameras, the sensors, and the irrigation equipment. All of them can be connected so that it works better together.” An entire city’s transportation system could be connected through an internet of things language too, he says, connecting information like free parking spaces, public transit, and traffic information to create a better experience for residents and commuters.
Google is trying to entrench itself in the internet of things through Brillo, a stripped down version of Android that can run on a wide range of devices. It has only “the real core essentials,” Pichai says, which allows it to run on low-power devices that can’t handle the full version of Android. Essentially, Google wants to make sure that anything and everything is capable of running its operating system.
Availability of Google Brillo:- Brillo will be available in the third quarter of the year, while Weave will be available in the fourth quarter in its full entirety. Pichai said we can expect bits of Weave information to come out before then.