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Google unveils Project Brillo, its next major software platform that goes way beyond phones

Google Project Brillo Internet Of Things

Google isn’t just putting its software on phones anymore. The company on Thursday unveiled a new platform called Project Brillo that will be its operating system for the so-called “Internet of things,” which is an industry buzzword for having several different household devices that are connected to the Internet and can communicate with one another.

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“We hope we can connect devices in a seamless and intuitive way to make them work better for users,” Google Android boss Sundar Pichai said of Project Brillo’s mission.

To make this happen, Google has developed a common communications language for devices called Weave that links users’ Android phones to the cloud and then to the appropriate Brillo device. This means that Google sees you using Android phones as the primary hub for running the “Internet of Things,” so you’ll be able to use your phone to control your thermostat, start a load of laundry and other functions.

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Prior to joining BGR as News Editor, Brad Reed spent five years covering the wireless industry for Network World. His first smartphone was a BlackBerry but he has since become a loyal Android user.