New hardware partners announced for Google’s Project Brillo


At CES 2016, as in years past, there have been a variety of home automation and Internet of Things (IoT) devices on display for the crowds to check out. Despite interest from so many companies hoping to convince you to spend a little extra on appliances and such so they can communicate on the network, consumers still face a dizzying array of fragmented protocols and standards. Google hopes to bring some order to things by getting a version of their Android operating system, called Project Brillo, adopted by these manufacturers. Five new companies have joined the list of manufacturers supporting Project Brillo and the related programming language Weave with their devices.

Already planning to support Brillo and Weave, Google’s own Nest devices will be amongst the group of devices tapping into the platform. New companies indicating they plan to support Project Brillo cover a wide variety of devices and include:

  • Marvell – though not actually producing any specific item used by consumers, Marvell does produce microcontrollers that can be incorporated into other products. Two of Marvell’s microcontrollers will be available with support for Weave, which should make it easier for companies to use these in their devices to establish support for Brillo.
  • Harman – you likely recognize the name as half of the popular audio company and they have indicated they plan to add support for Brillo and Weave in their speakers. Harman also works with other companies and has pledged to help get products to market with support for Brillo in an easier process.
  • ASUS – the computer device manufacturer has pledged to support Brillo and Weave in their new IoT devices. As a manufacturer of Google OnHub routers, they are also including support for Brillo and Weave in those devices.
  • Kwikset – the lock company says they plan to incorporate support for Brillo and Weave into their smart locks so that they will work seamlessly with Android devices.
  • LG – the manufacturer may seem like a bit of an odd choice since they have their own competing platform called SmartThinQ for home automation and IoT devices. Nevertheless, LG says incorporating Brillo and Weave will help them be less reliant on specific apps or devices for control purposes.

We will have to continue to watch the market to see whether Google’s Brillo can help bring some order to the IoT devices consumers may be interested in, but having several companies jump on board is a nice development for the platform.

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About the Author: Jeff Causey

Raised in North Carolina, Jeff Causey is a licensed CPA in North Carolina and possesses the CAPM credential from PMI. Jeff's past Android devices include an HTC EVO, a Samsung Note II, and an LG G3 along with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1. He currently uses a Motorola Moto X Pure Edition and (very rarely) a Nexus 7 (2013). Jeff used to have a pair of Google Glass and a Moto 360 Sport in his stable of gadgets. Unfortunately, his wife and kids have all drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and have i-devices. Life at home often includes demonstrations of the superiority of his Android based devices. In his free time, Jeff is active in his church, a local MINI Cooper car club, and his daughter's soccer club. Jeff is married, has three kids, and a golden retriever.