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Google developing new Android OS for Internet of Things: report


Google is reportedly developing a new Android-based operating system for called Brillo which will focus on the Internet of Things (IoT) and low-end power devices such as smart light bulbs and security cameras, reports the Fortune. The new operating system is being developed Nest smart home devices division at Google and the code is expected to be launched at Google’s annual I/O event this week, the publication added.

The Information also reports that the new software is designed to be very small and take up low memory, about 32 Mb or 64 Mb of RAM. It is unclear what kind of devices Google is targeting but it seems that with 32-64 Mb of RAM requirements the operating system will be supporting higher end connected devices.

Other IoT developments 

– Microsoft announced in its builder’s conference that it is bringing out the Windows 10 IoT Core, which currently supports the Pi 2 and Minnowboard Max. The OS is made especially for low-cost small-footprint devices and will be available for ‘free’, for makers and commercial device builders.

– Chinese handset and network equipment maker Huawei has launched Agile Network 3.0 architecture, that will enable enterprises build IoT infrastructure in areas including production, manufacturing and logistics. The Agile IoT solution will consist of three components, the Agile IoT gateway, the Agile Controller and LiteOS. According to Huawei LiteOS is extremely small at just 10KB in size, and supports auto-networking, auto-discovery of other devices and works with zero configuration. The company mentions the OS will be open to all developers, so they can develop their own IoT products.

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– Facebook also said that Parse, a company it acquired in 2013, will now support IoT development through an SDK for Arduino, although it will soon launch for other platforms as well during its F8 conference.

– Earlier in January, Samsung president and CEO BK Yoon said that all of its products will be Internet-of-Things enabled by 2020. Samsung’s Tizen operating system is being developed will power all the company’s smart TVs in 2015, the Korean electronics maker also said.

– In 2014, Cisco tied up with ILFS Technologies (ITL) to jointly develop solutions for digital infrastructure and smart cities in the country. The collaboration will focus on creating traffic management, public safety and e-governance solutions for urban cities, which will help citizens get info about traffic, parking, lighting and water etc. The partnership will combine Cisco’s Internet of Things solutions with ITL’s expertise in infrastructure development in India, to create unique IoT solutions.

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