Since Fall 2016, we’ve known that Google has been working on a new operating system (OS) called the ‘Google Fuchsia’. When and what exactly the new OS will be like is still a mystery. However, recent news regarding Google Fuchsia has surfaced via Ars Technica making it clear that this new development by Google might be nothing like its predecessor OS, Android and Chrome OS.
Some major changes include Google replacing the Linux kernel that was previously present in Android and Chrome OS, with a new microkernel that goes by the name ‘Magenta’. Other news released by Ars Technica regarding the OS is that Google is targeting “modern phones and modern personal computers with fast processors, non-trivial amounts of RAM with arbitrary peripherals doing open-ended computation.”
This means Google Fuchsia might not be available on every smartphone device from budget to high-end range like Android and Chrome OS were which makes us concerned whether it would be able to thrive in the ever-growing smartphone market. However, we still don’t know what Google Fuchsia is being developed for so it might not even be for every consumer.
Another addition to the OS is the User Interface (UI) that is code-named ‘Armadillo’. This UI is said to be built in Google Flutter SDK. Images that were published by Ars Technica on Monday show a preview of the new OS.
Although the pictures show Google’s new OS still in its infancy, it is fairly obvious that some major changes are in order. For example, there seems to be an option in Fuchsia for the quick settings with striking similarity to iOS. There is also evidence that the battery and time are placed at the bottom of the screen. There are a few things that don’t seem to have changed in the new OS. The Google Assistant seems to operate in the new Google Fuchsia OS as it did in Android OS.
Another video posted by Kyle Bradshaw on Youtube reveals what Google Fuchsia might be able to do on the smartphone.
Although there is very little news and information about what the Google’s new OS is capable of or even if it will be available to everyone but Travis Geiselbrecht from the Fuchsia developing team is quoted to have told Ars Technia: “It isn’t a toy thing, it’s not a 20% project, it’s not a dumping ground of a dead thing that we don’t care about anymore.”
There seems to be a long road ahead for the development of Google Fuchsia and it may take a while for the new OS to hit consumer market, if at all.