Rumor has it that Google is developing Brillo, a new light-weight operating system for the Internet of Things. The new OS is based on Android and will be intended for ultra-low-power devices with as little as 64MB or 32MB of RAM. Google's intention seems to be to clean up the fragmented landscape by offering Brillo for free to OEMs.
The report says Brillo will be aimed at ultra low-power devices with as little as 64 or 32MB of RAM. With the abundance of smart home technology like connected light bulbs, door locks, sensors, and whatever other crazy connected objects the IoT crowd dreams up on Kickstarter, Google clearly sees an opportunity.
Such devices need to boot up, use an SoC, handle input and output, and communicate over a network—all things the Linux-based Android OS is great at; it's just a little heavy right now. As was the case when Android entered the market, right now it's up to the hardware vendors themselves to create the IoT operating system. The Information says Google wants to move in and clean up the fragmented mess by offering Brillo for free to OEMs.