An operating system for the Raspberry Pi is set to become a key component of the computing hardware of Google, Facebook and Apple, with developers working to create a version of the operating system that can run on smartphones and other low-powered devices.
Google is working on a Raspberry Pi version of Android, according to a report by The Information.
Google, a unit of Alphabet Inc., is developing a version that will run on low-cost smartphones.
Apple is also working on its own operating system called OS X Yosemite, according a report in The Information, which is a newsletter of The Information and is owned by the family of Time Inc. Google has not responded to requests for comment.
Apple is expected to release its own version of its mobile operating system this year, said Matt Cutts, the company’s chief operating officer, in a report Thursday.
It will likely include a touchscreen keyboard, the same technology that is used in the Apple iPhone.
Google’s Android is used by millions of smartphones worldwide, including Apple’s iPhone.
Google’s software will likely be used on other low budget smartphones, Cutts said.
Apple and Google are both trying to make their own operating systems more secure, cutting out third-party software.
Apple has been developing an operating system designed for mobile devices called Swift, but Google is developing its own mobile operating-system called Pixel, which Google will release later this year.