Google has unveiled an Android-based Project Brillo Internet of Things (IoT) operating system for developers in a bid to dominate the growing connected devices market.
Project Brillo was unveiled by Google senior vice president of products Sundar Pichai at the firm's I/O conference, and is designed to offer a common, low system requirement platform for IoT application developers.
"Today people are making connected devices like smart light bulbs, but it's hard for developers," he said.
"[The IoT world is] fragmented and people find it hard to set up. To do this you need a common ecosystem. So we've pulled in people from Android, Chrome and Nest to create a complete IoT ecosystem.
"We're announcing Project Brillo which will be the underlying operating system for IoT. It's based on the lower layers of Android, the kernel, so it can run on things with minimal system requirements."
The OS features WiFi and Bluetooth Low Energy connectivity, and Pichai said that Google has "thought about security from the ground up to create an M2M-focused cross platform IoT OS" that users can "control from a centralised management control system".
Google unveiled a common Weave communications standard and set of IoT protocols alongside Brillo.
"You need a common language so devices can talk to each other, the cloud and your phone. So we have standardised schemes, so these devices can have a common language, Weave," explained Pichai.
"[With Weave] a door can lock and unlock all devices that the ecosystem can understand. Anything that is Weave certified can understand each other. Even better, it's cross platform."
Pichai said that a developer preview of Brillo will arrive in Q3, while "Weave documentation will be released throughout the year".
Brillo's release follows widespread calls for a common IoT platform and standard.
Experts from Schneider Electric, ABB and Osram cited the lack of a common standard as a key problem hampering IoT adoption during a roundtable attended by V3 earlier this week.
Google unveiled the developer version of its next Android version, codenamed Android M, alongside Brillo at the I/O conference.
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