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Google set to announce another OS, this time for Internet of Things

Google is about to reveal an operating system designed to power its expansion into the Internet of Things, a report on Thursday has claimed.

According to The Information’s sources, Google will announce the “Brillo” OS – likely a codename – at Google I/O next week.

Brillo is said to be bare bones software with low memory consumption and storage requirements, enabling it to run on low-powered devices and allow communication with others in the vicinity.

The report says it could be integrated into home appliances as well as an array of smart connected devices like garden monitors.

Google already has a foot in the door with the Internet of Things via the acquisition of the makers of the Nest Learning Thermostat and, subsequently, the Dropcam platform.

The launch of an operating system would come at a time when a number of tech’s biggest names are staking a claim on the emerging new sector.

A version of Windows 10 intended for IoT devices is on the way, while Apple is preparing to progress with its HomeKit development platform at WWDC 2015 next month. Both Samsung and Qualcomm have released processors intended for this new breed of connected devices, so things are slowly coming together.

Read more: Google I/O 2015: What to expect

We’ll have full coverage of Google I/O, which begins with a whopping two-and-a-half hour keynote at 5:30pm UK time on May 28. Google is also live streaming the event.

Elsewhere, during the conference, the firm is expected to reveal the Android M operating system, new Android Wear smartwatches, as well as updates on the Project Ara and Project Tango modular projects.

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