Search firm has designs on fully connected houses following its acquisition of smart-device company Nest and wants to be bigger than just Android

Google intends to be the center of the connected home with its new “internet of things” operating system, Brillo.

Google Brillo is designed to run on and connect multiple low-power devices, connecting anything from a washing machine to a rubbish bin and linking in with existing Google technologies.

The move is an expansion of the company’s Android mobile operating system, which powers more than half of the world’s smartphones, and the recent acquisition of Nest – a smart-device company with a learning thermostat and smoke alarm.

Brillo is designed to be a bare-bones system that allows easy connection between devices. It would give Google a beachhead into the expanding connected device ecosystem. Part of establishing that beachhead is Weave, a competing standard to Apple’s HomeKit (set to ramp up later this year), which can work independently of Brillo and allows apps in the smart lamps of the future to talk to apps in smart soap dispensers…


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ABOUT THE PHOTO: Sundar Pichai, senior vice-president of Android, Chrome and apps, speaks during the Google I/O 2015 keynote presentation in San Francisco on Thursday. Photograph: Jeff Chiu/AP