Is Google’s Brillo for IoT the next big thing in the world of technology?by Rohit Arora May 29, 2015 0 comments
Internet of things is no more an alien subject; it is definitely the next big wave in the world of technology where every device, from television to microwave to light bulb will be interconnected wirelessly. Therefore every technology firm, big or small somehow wanted to be a part of this bigger picture.
Google, which owns 78% smartphone market share globally has now introduced its light weight Android based OS for IoT devices at its annual software developer conference Google I/O 2015.
The new OS will be the underlying operating system for the low-power devices to create a framework of interconnected smart devices. As these devices do not require a lot of processing power and memory to communicate with each other and the smartphone, the operating system may require as little as 32 or 64 MB of RAM to set up the ecosystem. This makes it possible to offer functionality for a number of devices such as Television sets, microwaves, refrigerators, light bulbs, door locks, CCTV cameras and even your toothbrush. This will result in a seamless interconnected ecosystem where a standard OS will eliminate the platform compatibility issues.
Google can win the cards here because it owns NestLabs; a tech firm which was acquired by the company last year that manufactures a variety of smart home appliances such as thermostats, security cameras smoke alarms, etc. With this merger Google will have the software as well as the hardware control of the IoT devices in the near future. This can be a new mile stone for the company as the latest reports by the Gartner have suggested that by 2020, the number of Internet-connected devices will rise to 26 Billion as compared to 900 Million in 2009.
But as we mentioned earlier, all the big and small fishes in the market are working on the technology and Google will not be the only one in the game. Another market leader, Microsoft is also working on a version of Windows 10 that will drive various electronic devices such as ATM machines and a variety of wearable gadgets related to health industry.
Chinese telecommunication giant, Huawei has also designed an operating system; LiteOS for IOT devices. And the Korean giant, Samsung has also introduced the Artik line of hardware that is designed for IoT devices with open software and Samsung hardware.