Google’s Fuchsia OS: Everything You Need To Know
Google has two successful OS platforms Android and Chrome OS. These two are famous all over the world. The company is now developing a third OS called Fuchsia OS. This OS development was known last year when it was just a command line. We now know more about the OS.
The main advantage of Fuchsia is that it is entirely different from existing mobile operating systems. A lot of information has been kept secret about the OS. It is yet not disclosed where it will be used. It may be just an experiment in Google or a new OS announcement in next year Google I/O.
What Exactly Is Fuchsia?
The main difference with Fuchsia is that it's not based on Linux. Google has developed a new kernel called Magenta. This kernel takes advantage of modern, powerful hardware in mobile phones and computers. In addition to that, Apple’s Swift programming language added to the OS.
We know that Fuchsia is written with the help of Flutter SDK. This SDK runs on Android. It means that chunks of Fuchsia can run on an Android device too. This version of Fuchsia is called Armadillo. In this version, the home screen is new and presented as a scrolling list. It has a date, profile picture, battery icon all placed in the center. There are also story cards, a list of recent apps, etc. Google now like suggestions are also available.
The home screen can be personalized by dragging and dropping the app in the recent folder. It also supports split-screen mode. According to hacker news, OS experts like Travis Geiselbrech and Brian Swetland who have worked on BeOS and Android are leading this project.
Purpose of Fuchsia Development
The use of Fuchsia is not clear yet. Bloomberg reports show that Fuchsia can unite Google apps into a single ecosystem. Fuchsia aims to run smart speakers, smartphones, laptops and possibly any future hardware. This can happen in the next three years and then move on to desktops and notebooks overtaking Android in the future.
Ars Technica discusses that Fuchsia can replace Android. It takes the example of Android that was built before iOS and has a legacy of being refactored to fit mobile phones. Android may not be able to grow faster in the future. Android provides lots of issues and challenges to Google. The entire android ecosystem does not get the proper updates. Fuchsia can solve this issue.
However, abandoning a successful platform like Android may not happen in the immediate future. This change will be enormous and may cause issues. Major phone makers such as Samsung, LG depend on android for their phones, and hence Google has to meet its commitments. However, switching to Fuchsia will be a breakthrough for smartphones. With flutter SDK developers can develop cross-platform apps.
It is still too early to speculate as Fuchsia is in early development. This OS is being tested on phones and pixel book.
Rumored Fuchsia Features
Is there any advantage for Google in migrating to Fuchsia? There are many. Since android was built primarily for digital cameras, it lacks some features. So it may not be the best fit for smart devices. Fuchsia would solve all issues giving a great opportunity to Google. Fuchsia has more robust security features than Android. It has encrypted user keys built into software which makes it more secure. It can be adapted for different screen sizes. Google can also ditch Java with this move, and its patent battle can be settled. Linux kernel can also be changed.
Where to get Fuchsia?
Since it is an early development, features and specs may change in the future. An early release is coming in this May, which you can try out. You can download the Android Package kit and try it on your mobile. It is a preview version dubbed Armadillo. It is a kind of version name for Fuchsia OS. You can download it from HotFixit. Since it is new, it may crash often, might not be suitable to use as daily OS, but rest we will know as soon as it got released.