The rumors had cleverly filtered these days about the launch of a new ‘light’ for connected objects Android. Codenamed “Project Brillo”, Google kept his promise during the conference user Google I/O. So there will be a Google operating system, based on Android. In addition to the effect of announcement, Google gave some details about what will be Brillo but wait until the third quarter to even reach a first version “developer preview” and know what will be connected objects that can truly accommodate this Android.
Brillo, a Lite Android coupled to Weaver, a network Protocol
This edition of Google I/O 2015 visibly fell a little too early for the development of the Brillo project team. In addition to the official announcement of the project, the speaker of Google had little to present on stage. No demonstration, no lot detail technical on this Brillo. It was learned that this OS will build on the core Linux of Android and its abstraction layer HAL as well as drivers wheat (Blue Tooth Low Energy), WiFi and its Thread Protocol, as well as an administrative officer. If the rumors that had preceded Google I/O had announced an Android that can turn on 64 MB of memory, or even 32 MB (which is already huge for a lot of connected objects). Finally no commitment was made at Google I/O or the power or the memory required by this new OS.
Certainly the most interesting part of the announcement, it is the network of the project pane. Google is working on a semantic model that will enable all manufacturers of objects connected to declare on the network capabilities of their objects, which will allow a Cloud application or a smartphone to remotely control. A semantic scheme will therefore be associated with each object. Google will be in charge to certify objects and deliver all API so that an Android smartphone can take control of the parameters of the connected object. This architecture, called Weave, will be cross-platform, it means that any object connected, even if it isn’t its Android, will be able to implement this Protocol Exchange. The presentation has not lifted the veil on the user interface of the future Brillo, the only interface unveiled was the unique Android application that will control remotely all compatible objects. If the first “preview” of Brillo will be available in the third quarter, then wait the end of the year to see Weave at work.
A theme was however missing presentation of Google, that of standards. Google seems to be party to a blank page to create Brillo and Weave without taking account of multiple initiative of this type that already exist. Brillo joined Alljoyn, or even the Open Interconnect Consortium in the battle of the Internet of objects.