Google Quietly Releases Fuchsia Operating System
Google has been working on an operating system called Fuchsia for a few years now. It has been tested on a Pixelbook, for instance, but that was back in 2018 — now three years ago. The year before that, it ran on an Android phone. Now, in a slightly perplexing move, Google has decided to release it with no fanfare and no headlines. They’ve barely said a word about it, other than confirming it, but released the system on the Google Home Hub. If you’re unfamiliar with that name, don’t be alarmed. This is a piece of hardware from 2018, which was renamed the Nest Hub for future iterations. Only the outdated Home Hub can use the new operating system.
All of this has raised a lot of questions. Let’s start by breaking down some of the highlights and key points of the new system:
- Google built the entire system from scratch, something that rarely happens in the tech world.
- Instead of being based on Linux, it uses Google’s own “Zircon.”
- It took six years to design and release the OS, even in this limited capacity.
- It uses an app-development language known as Flutter.
- Flutter can run on the web, on Android and on iOS, so this could mean the OS will work on nearly all devices in the future.
So, what is Google’s goal with this silent roll-out? It appears that this is just a test. Three years ago, predictions were that it would hit home devices this year, and now it has. These reports also claim it could get a real expansion to other tech — like smartphones — in 2023. That means the next two years are all about having the public use it on a small scale to iron everything out before a major launch that will likely get far more press coverage. This will definitely be something to keep an eye on moving forward.
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