Google Brillo Vs. Apple HomeKit

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The Apple Homekit and Google Brillo improve the function of internet for personal use. That is, the worldwide web will work more intelligently using a handheld device you already own to facilitate compatibility between assorted devices with extremely small memory you also own right now.

Up until these products were released, many systems on the market have been purely about improving functionality of one sort of device or another (an iPad or Galaxy Notebook, for instance). Not anymore.

Buy an Authentic System

The Google Brillo and Apple Homekit each possess identifying features which allow customers to authenticate their products. In other words, clones will soon flood the market if they haven’t already. There are similarities and differences between Google Brillo and Apple Homekit explored below.

There are also some mysteries soon to be unraveled as Google’s new Brillo becomes increasingly familiar and the bugs are all worked out. Google’s item joined the market later than Homekit, so it has some catching up to do. But if you don’t know much about either one, picture this: a world where your doors and windows talk to each other.

Okay, that’s going a bit far, and I’d hate for you to form a picture of Stephen King’s Christine (the first smart car): this is no horror movie but a way to simplify life; a means of talking to every system in your home using just your iPod or Android cell phone from anywhere.

Home-based Operation

The average North American household contains half a dozen internet-connected items from a PC to an iPod. The funny thing is that they can’t be synced to operate together or communicate. Home-based internet enhancement products by Apple and Google use Bluetooth or Wi-Fi as means of communication for what the computer world refers to as the Internet of Things (IoT). Google Brillo and Apple Homekit were developed for home-based IoT specifically (other IoT systems facilitate communications between devices with bigger operating memory in public and commercial settings).

The Newly Released Google Brillo

Google’s program starts with Android devices. Brillo will make significant use of voice control to operate this new smart home-based internet system. It utilizes existing methods (Bluetooth) rather than creating new ones to facilitate communication. There is no central base and, so far, apparently no maximum number of device connections.

Brillo can be used with the Android-linked Weave system previously released by Google or Weave can operate independently. Weave is a system which boils every dissimilar language spoken by your small household devices down to a single language. Now items speak to each other, which is both a high-tech miracle and kind of creepy. Communicating devices include home safety systems, not just handheld phones.

Apple Homekit: a Bit of Apple Pie

The Apple Homekit also facilitates voice control but using Siri (that automated direction-giving woman in your car). Apple’s iPhone customers have been talking to Siri for a while now; she’s one of America’s sweethearts, so consumers are probably less creeped-out by the concept of inter-computer intelligence than Google fans who have not experienced voice control technology to the same extent.

Again, there is no base machine. Apps will be released, certainly, to make full use of Homekit and take financial advantage, so watch out for those (and for Brillo apps too). Experts say this is an area in which Apple is dominant: influencing the development of this market. Here Google falls behind.

The Apple Advantage

Apple’s advantage is familiarity: Homekit is a tried and tested product connecting automated blinds, lighting systems, and more. Google Brillo is set to do the same things but customers are not familiar with Brillo or the pre-established Weave system. They only know that Google’s Brillo will be compatible with other Google products like Nest (thermostat).

It’s a start: Google’s no slouch in the high-stakes world of internet connection and communication. Then again, both companies are taking these fields into unknown territory that’s a little scary given some paranoid fears among non-technical people of a world driven by machines.

Big Brillo or Small Apple?

Homekit is familiar but will it take this communication innovation to its fruition or will Google leap ahead and go further? This is what tech experts expect: that Google’s goals are grander than those of Apple.

Apple is home-based; Google could delve into connections in the public or commercial sphere. This seems odd given that the whole idea of competition is to develop a similar alternative: in this case, a domestic-only system. Perhaps Google Brillo will remain a home-based system and the name certainly doesn’t fit with domination of the London tube system and security at Waterloo station.

In other words, Brillo could be Google’s wind up for the bigger things in IoT life. Perhaps Brillo will one day connect to other IoT, but I doubt it. They would have to operate on different wavelengths if times for public water displays are not to interfere with your HVAC timer.