Your devices live in a world like Babel. They all speak slightly different languages and more are emigrating all the time, adding to the confusion. That’s been one of Apple’s real advantages — Steve Jobs’ insistence on closed systems allowed Apple to forge a digital ecosystem all its own. All that strategy needed, and it was Jobs’ biggest gamble, was market dominance. Apple got it. Apple iOS talks well with iOS — and so your iPhone talks to your Apple Watch talks to your MacBook. Fine, but what about your refrigerator, when that comes online? Or your alarm system and door locks and, well, everything?
It’s all these things that Google hopes to connect with Brillo, through its “weave” language. Brillo is an on-ramp for myriad devices to enter a holistic ecosystem meeting all your digital needs, especially in the home. It’s a big translator, in essence, to help everything to connect more easily. It’ll be ready this year.