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FUCHSIA: What We Know So Far About Google's New OS



In August 2016 a mysterious code was posted on GitHub. It didn’t take long until it was clear that it was the code for a new operating system that Google’s developers were working on.

Here’s what we know so far about the OS:

Fuchsia is reported to be a real-time operating system. Unlike Google’s previous two operating systems – Android and Chrome OS, Fuchsia is not based on a Linux kernel! Instead it’s based on a new microkernel called “Magenta”.

According to the documentation, Magenta targets modern phones and modern personal computers, quote, with fast processors, non-trivial amounts of ram with arbitrary peripherals doing open ended computation. So yeah, at this point anything is possible!

While Fuchsia is based on Magenta, Magenta itself is based on another kernel called LK, short for Little Kernel, which is designed for small systems typically used in embedded applications.

Recently Fuchsia was updated with a user interface called Armadillo!
The UI is written using Flutter, which is a software development kit used for creating apps for different platforms like Android and iOS.

Fuchsia, upon completion, would be Google’s third publicly available operating system, coming after Android and Chrome OS.

Sources and references:

GitHub:

– ‘’Magenta’’

– ‘’Magenta and LK’’ /blob/master/docs/mg_and_lk.md

– ‘’Fuchsia System UI’’ https://github.com/fuchsia-mirror/sysui

Wikipedia:

– ‘’Google Fuchsia’’ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_Fuchsia

– ‘’Real-time operating system’’ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Real-time_operating_system

Footage used in video:

– youtube.com/GoogleMobile (Android) ‘’Android Nougat Statue Unwrapping’’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8xn9iq3lG_w

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49 Comments

  1. Cards don't work. This interface sucks. It has proven that many time, vista any voice assists.. big fails. Learn from the mistakes of others.

  2. Now, one year later, Fuchsia replacing Android seems even more valid. Android has a lot of problems, the most important one being the update policy of most manufacturers. It was recently reported that Google apparently started to implement a basic java runtime which would be a crucial part to make existing Android run on Fuchsia. This would be a huge advantage for Fuchsia when compared to other alternative mobile operating system attempts. Google pushing flutter like crazy seems like another fairly reliable indication that Fuchsia is indeed a serious effort. Google has built an ecosystem around the existing Java Android platform, ranging from IDEs over libraries to services offered by Google and third parties. For me at least, there is no apparent reason to drop such a grown-up ecosystem and replace it with a completely new one, except for when you want to establish a new platform. The main thing that makes Flutter so attractive for developers is that is compiled cross-platform for Android and iOS (So far) and actually utilizes native rendering (unlike similar projects like React native).
    But who knows, we're talking about Google here. At this point, everything is seems possible

  3. nooo stop! Its time to stop. Stop developing new OSs if it doesnt bring nothing new to the table. Windows 10 was already a bad idea, now they want to do the exact same on phones as well… Just stop and develop something thats actually useful and isnt just following stupid ass trends…

  4. Developer: Google
    Written in: Mixed: C, C++, Dart, Go, LLVM, Python, Rust, Shell, TypeScript

    Hmm.. probably a move to punish Oracle?

  5. I hope this OS make a revolutionary change to open-source-sphere. Google only need to optimize any popular open-source app out there to run blazingly fast as Windows app.

  6. Android Marshmallow's logo is pink. Android Nougat's logo is purple. Pink + Purple = Fuchsia. Android Marshmallow = Android 6.0. Android Nougat = Android 7.0. 6 + 7 = 13. Fuchsia = Android 13…

  7. new phone os? why dont they fix the android market? they’re full of clones, fake apps, plenty of ads. They need to purge about 90% of android apps cos they’re not even working.

  8. It will be the most useless step taken by Google. Android won the heart of users, Fuschia will never get to that position. Being a programmer, I'm saying that programming with Java, mostly for new programmers is quite easy. I was never planned to place my footsteps at programming. But, android and mostly Java made me to do that. Now,. know Java, C . I didn't start learning programming then making application, but I started making application to learn programming .

    Again, Android and Java made me to do that.

  9. This actually looks really good! With the state of Windows OS, I think Google might propose this as a 'third operating systerm' to replace windows OS in the marketplace. Especially with the functionality of the Google Play store and Google's capabale developers, combined with what looks like to be the simplicity of this operating system, I think it could definitely give operating systems like Windows Phone a run for it's money in 2018, where we see less than 1% of users with a Windows phone.

  10. I've heard second hand (more like fourth hand tbh) from some developers at Google that current plan is to completely both android and chromeOS and the current version of Android is intended to be the last