Google I/O is sure to reveal a lot of innovation, including Android M and some native fingerprint authentication in Google’s mobile operating system. Apparently, the El Goog might also have a whole new OS planned to present.
Sources at “The Information” claim that Google is building a new operating system codenamed “Brillo”, which is likely to be released under the Android brand. It is reportedly meant to power “Internet of Things” devices, just like your smart thermostat and oven. The development of this OS is being made by a team linked to Google’s Android group, and aims to work on low-power devices with as little as 64MB or 32MB of RAM. Since IoT device makers have already gone ahead and made their own software, it’s suggested that Google wants to make things simpler and offer Brillo for free.
Google’s had already shown interest in connected home products in the past, including with its Android@Home initiative (without known results) as well as purchases of companies like Nest and Dropcam. Many companies are betting on IoT and the connected home to be the next big trend in consumer electronics, and so it makes sense that Google would want to take the Android platform and adapt it to these low-power IoT hardware, in order to take over some market share, just like it happened in mobile sector.