Even though Google is open to providing information on all its new products, there is one area the tech giant is not dwelling into. It is about the new operating system Fuchsia OS. The new OS is not yet known completely except the name and the origin. So, here is where we try to provide as much information as possible.
Named after the plant and also the color, the OS looks like the next big thing in the field of OS'. The code of the OS first appeared last year on Github and a piece by piece of information is being released gradually. So, here are the key things we know until now:
- A code submission comment phrase read "Pink + Purple == Fuchsia (a new Operating System)"
- It is a capability-based, Real-time operating system
- While Google's previous OS' used Linux, this OS is based on microkernel Magenta derived from Little Kernel
- Can be run on embedded systems, smartphones, tablets and even PCs
- It is free to use and open-source software
While there are a lot of multiple explanations, a lot of confusion is being created among people. Right now, the following questions are being arisen everywhere:
- Will Fuchsia OS replace Android? (burning question right now)
- Will it help in merging of Chrome OS and Android?
- Is it crucial for Google commercially?
- What will be the availability of OS to devices?
The burning question is even asked at Android Fireside chat and Android VP of Engineering, David Burke said,
How do you spell Fuchsia? Fuchsia is a[n] early stage experimental project. We, you know, we actually have lots of cool early projects at Google. I think what's interesting here is its open source, so people can see it and comment on it. Like lots of early stage projects it's gonna probably pivot and morph. There's some really smart people on it, people we've worked with who are great. and so [it's] kind of exciting to see what happens. But it's definitely a diff-- sort of independent project to android. and yeah, that's basically it.
What Will Likely Happen?
The OS got an UI earlier this month called as "Armadillo." Arstechnica got some interesting images of the OS that reveal the card-based system of the OS. Here are the key features:
- The main screen shows profile picture with suggestions and recent tabs on the top of it
- The profile picture when pressed reveals some additional controls
- A tablet mode is also available
- Can open multiple cards at once
- Cards can go on top of the other, side by side like split screen mode
There isn't much mentioned about the other features of the OS. The OS is aimed at productivity by the looks of it and maybe the further developments can make it more entertaining.
There is still a very long way to go before the OS hits the devices we have. But one thing is interesting. A new OS after a long time with unique features is like a fresh breeze to the developer's community and looks like many are looking to get hands on this not-so-known OS.