The Information reported that Google has been developing technology to extend its software dominance in smartphones to smaller, low-power devices that connect to the Web, particularly in people’s homes using the Android platform.
To that end, Google is working on technology that could run on low-powered devices, possibly with as few as 64 or 32 megabytes of random-access memory (RAM), according to people who have been briefed about the project.
Google is likely to release the software under the Android brand, as the group developing the software is linked to the company’s Android unit. The lower memory requirements for devices running the new software would mark a sharp drop from the latest versions of Android, which are primarily aimed at mobile phones with at least 512 megabytes of memory.
The technology could make it easier for other companies to build everything from “smart” fridges and light bulbs to garden monitors. It will be of interest to see how it will compete with Samsung with already a TIzen platform home automation solution that works with many electric home equipment. Other Competitors aren’t likely to take this news lying down. At a conference in China on Wednesday, Huawei announced LiteOS, aimed at providing the “infrastructure companies need to build out connectivity in their devices.” And earlier this month, Samsung again introduced the Artik line of hardware, which is aimed at unifying wearables and other smart devices with open software and Samsung hardware.