He added that a system called “Weave” will make it possible for devices to communicate among themselves and for a lock connected to the Internet to be able to send “open” or “closed” messages to the owner’s device or computer. Both systems, Brillo and Weave, will be available in late 2015.
In a blog post, Pichai detailed the need for such an operating system, saying: “Enter Project Brillo, a new platform derived from Android that lets developers and manufacturers build connected devices. As part of Brillo, we’re introducing a communications protocol (Weave) developed in partnership with Nest, a set of developer APIs, a core set of schemas and a certification program to ensure device and app interoperability.
“Although it will launch later this year, we previewed Brillo because we’re committed to fostering a vibrant ecosystem in which we all work together to move the industry forward.”
Google says since Brillo is based on the lower levels of Android, there will be broad support in terms of the range of hardware platforms and vendors. Development work will also be streamlined, with firms able to work on hardware and applications instead of developing their own framework.
The Weave protocol is integrated into the Google mobile platform, and support will be available for both Android and iOS. Nest and Nest ecosystem devices will also use Weave, for further interoperability with devices from other manufacturers.