What is Google Fuchsia and the possible future uses?
As the end of the year is approaching we are recapping on some of the big tech development news from 2017. While we have known about Google’s new operating system called “Fuchsia” for a while, what is it and what are the possible uses? We have brought to you the latest updates and features.
Here is what you need to know about Fuchsia:
It is build on Google’s own microkernel “Zircon” (renamed from Magenta recently), unlike Chrome OS and Android which use the Linux kernel. Fuchsia is distributed as free and open-source software. With Fuchsia, Google would not only be letting the Linux kernel go, but also the GPL: the OS is licensed under a mix of BSD 3 clause, MIT, and Apache 2.0 (arsTECHNICA).
In May 2017 it was updated with a UI, called Armadillo which is built with Google’s cross-platform Flutter SDK. It looks like a smartphone and tablet focused operating system.
It is possible to download the source and compile the system UI into an Android APK, installing it on an Android device.
Future possible use:
To “unify” Chrome OS and Android into a single operating system.
To power hardware like Google’s OnHub router on third-party Internet of Things devices.
Complete replacement for Android which will allow Google to stop using Java altogether because it hasn’t been as friendly to open source as it used to be.
As virtual reality and augmented reality have been on a strong growing path, Android was not designed for it. Focusing on Fuchsia will allow Google to focus on virtual reality from the beginning.
The code suggests that it will be able to run on universal devices, including systems for cars, traffic lights and digital watches, smartphones, tablets and PCs.
It is certain it is focused on high-performance and as the Fuchsia's developer, Travis Geiselbrecht, said: “It is not a toy thing, it is not a 20% project, it is not a dumping ground of a dead thing that we don’t care about anymore”. It still has a long road ahead of it and if it will not be cancelled before, it might become a consumer product around 2020. There are still a lot of speculations and new suggestions coming out but all we can do is patiently wait and look out for new updates!
THE VERGE: Articles by Chaim Gartenberg and James Vincent