What we know about Fuchsia, Google’s operating system for the future

What we know about Fuchsia, Google’s operating system for the future

For about three years, from time to time we talk about Fuchsia, the future of Google in operating systems. You have recently launched your own website.

Far is the time when we knew Google through its search engine and nothing else. Today it is a conglomerate of online services, software and gadgets. Names like Gmail, Drive, Maps, YouTube, Android or Chromebook computers are just some of the flagships of the giant Google.

In operating systems, your Android is present in almost all mobile phones, with the exception of Apple’s iPhone, of course. Virtually any tablet, phone, smart watches and other gadgets such as television tuners, smart TVs, etc. Android is present on all types of devices.

However, giants like Google not only look at the present or the future, they also have a fixed eye on beyond, in the coming decades. And here comes the name of Fuchsia, an operating system that we know little about and that we know about its existence for about three years, when in August 2016 a mysterious code was discovered in the GitHub repository. At that time it was rumored that it was a universal operating system for all kinds of devices and interestingly, that is what Android has become.

Google has been very tight about Fuchsia during these years, since it is a project that still needs a lot of time to mature. From time to time, some specialized media echoes Fuchsia’s development status, such as when in 2017 we could see the first images of its possible user interface, similar to Android. It was even rumored in late 2018 that Google Home smart speakers would come with Fuchsia as the operating system.

What do we know about Fuchsia?
In May 2019, Google talked about Fuchsia in its developer event, the Google I / O 2019. Specifically, Hiroshi Lockheimer, Senior Vice President of Android, Chrome, Chrome OS and Play. Lockheimer came to say that as a technology company that is Google, they allocate time and resources in new technologies and experiments, some of them available to the public as an open source project, as is the case of Fuchsia. Specifically, we can find information about Google Fuchsia in its GitHub space, in its Google Git space and, recently, in its official developer page.

Following with the statements of Lockheimer, Google does not see Fuchsia as its future operating system but as a testing ground to experience functions that can take advantage of other projects.

The last thing we know, at the time of writing this article, is that Google has made available to software developers a page about Fuchsia where we will find information about this operating system.

From there we extract information such as that it is a “modular and capacity-based operating system”. In addition, it is unchecked from Linux, since unlike Android, it does not use the Linux kernel but Zircon, a micronucleus designed for embedded or embedded systems, those that we can find in electronic devices of all kinds and that have popularized projects such as Arduino or Raspberry Pi.

Fucking with Fuchsia
One of the most interesting sections of the Fuchsia developer website is called Getting started. There we will find instructions to prepare the Fuchsia source code and test this operating system, although for obvious reasons it is not entirely functional and only serves to get an idea, so it is not advisable to install it in daily use devices, only for development .

Among other things, in its documentation it recommends its execution from a virtual machine. It is even possible to launch the graphical interface.

Time will tell when we will know more about Fuchsia or when we will see images about this operating system or if it will remain as an experiment to test things that we will see on Android or Chrome OS, the operating system of Chromebook computers.

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