Android for the “Internet of Things” in the works: Codenamed Brillo

Android for the “Internet of Things” in the works: Codenamed Brillo
Google’s mobile operating system, Android, has proven itself to be one of the most versatile platforms in the world. From watches to washing machines, you can find a number of devices and appliances that operate on Android in some way.

One of the perceivable barriers to Android however, is in the area of more simple connected devices (Internet of Things), such as sensors or automation pieces that do not need an elaborate architecture or large amounts of memory to run.

In its current form, Android will operate on platforms with is little as 512MB of RAM. That is about the bottom limit for mobile devices and wearables, but well beyond what might be needed for a simple dongle.

To pave the way for more simple connected devices, Google is reportedly working on a release of Android that will be able to run on devices with as little as 32MB of RAM. The project is codenamed “Brillo,” and it will allow Android in all the little nooks and crannies of connected devices.

What is not certain is how Brillo will work within the framework of, or ultimately replace the APIs in place with Nest, which is where the majority of Google’s home-automation resources are situated. If Brillo is ready for the spotlight, we will likely see an announcement at Google’s developer conference in San Francisco next week, Google I/O 2015.

via: TNW

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7 Comments

1. ultratechguy unregistered

Original Android Phones ran on 256 mb of ram so It's possible esp if it's just running like 1 or 2 apps. But at that point what's the point of it running android.

4. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

probably to ensure better compatibility with IOT related devices.

6. steodoreben

Posts: 379; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

I agree. Google, Microsoft and Samsung (Tizen). :3

5. xperian

Posts: 418; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

"ran"

2. waddup121 unregistered

BROILLO

3. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Android memory foot print has growth so its good to have another custom version for IOT.

7. SitiNurbaya0

Posts: 153; Member since: May 22, 2015

I hope I can learn this in BINUS or ITB

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