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Google Creates New Operating System For Internet of Things

By January 4, 2017March 1st, 2023Technology News

googlexcreatesGoogle is about to change the game where the Internet of Things (IoT) is concerned.
Recently, the company announced the release of Android Things, an operating system specifically designed for internet objects.

One of the main limitations internet objects have is memory and computing power, so the new OS is designed to operate with an extremely small footprint, no more than 32 to 64 MB.

Some time ago, Google announced an IoT OS concept called Brillo. Android Things appears to be based on the earlier Brillo design, but melded with key features lifted from Android, making the two compatible.

This is significant for two reasons. First, from a development standpoint, the fact that Android Things is fundamentally similar to the widely used Android OS and uses Android Tools and other development resources makes it much easier for developers to create apps and extensions for IoT devices, using tools they are already familiar with.

Second, Android already has fairly robust security, so the hope is that by creating an OS specifically designed for these devices, we can at long last begin addressing the huge and growing security concerns surrounding “smart” devices, which, to this point, have had virtually nothing in the way of security.

It remains to be seen how rapidly the new OS will be adopted, but Google is already working with various vendors to create standards, and given how ubiquitous the Android OS is, it’s logical to assume that adoption would be swift.

The first manufacturers to incorporate the new OS will have a powerful strategic advantage over their rivals, which should create momentum for more widespread adoption.

Given the size of IoT botnets, and the massive DDOS attacks they have been responsible for in recent months, this is welcome news indeed.

Chris Forte

Chris Forte, President and CEO of Olmec Systems, has been in the MSP workspace for the past 25 years. Chris earned his Master’s Degree from West Virginia University, graduating Magna Cum Laude. He was a past member of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization, a current member of the New Jersey Power Partners and Executive Association of New Jersey, where he has previously served on its board of directors. In his spare time, Chris enjoys traveling with his family. He also admits to being a struggling golfer and avid watcher of college football and basketball. He currently lives in Boonton Township, NJ with his wife, two daughters, son, and black lab Luna.