What is Google Fuchsia? Google Fuchsia News

What is Google Fuchsia? Google Fuchsia News

What is Google Fuchsia? Google Fuchsia News Google Fuchsia – Is it a new Operating System? Google is working on a new operating system
that could change computing forever. Fuchsia is Google’s third stab at an operating
system following the success of Android and Chrome OS. Although it’s still in the early stages
of development and Google is keeping tight-lipped over its intended function, strong evidence
suggests it will run on both mobile and desktop devices and could even replace Android and
Chrome OS. Only time will tell if this is true but it’s
certainly getting tongues wagging. When was Google Fuchsia announced? Google sneaked Fuchsia out last August when
it posted some code on the two online repositories GitHub and Google Git. The only accompanying description was: “Pink
+ Purple=Fuchsia (a new Operating System)”, which was immediately seized upon by tech
blogs, some of which went as far as claiming that it could be the future of computing. What do we know about Google Fuchsia? We know it is open-source and is being distributed
for free. It’s also a ‘real-time operating system’,
which means it processes data as it comes in, thereby slashing processing time requirements. Interestingly, Fuchsia is not being built
on Linux as Android or Chrome OS are. Instead, the new operating system uses a microkernel
called Magenta, which has been developed by Google itself. A kernel is the core component of an OS, controlling
how software is processed by a device’s hardware, which suggests that the web giant
intends to use its own building blocks this time around. What’s so special about this kernel? It is based on a project called Little Kernel,
which was designed for software that powers computers with a specific function, such as
items that comprise the so called Internet of Things (thermostats, lights, routers and
the like). This gives some idea of the direction in which
Google may be heading. What makes matters more intriguing is that
Google has confirmed that Magenta is designed for phones and fast-processor PCs. This had led to speculation that Fuchsia will
be an all-encompassing OS that can be the engine for just about anything. But why is Google ditching Linux? It is not ditching Linux in general, just
for Fuchsia. Perhaps one reason is that Android is using
outdated versions of the Linux kernel – the recent Google Pixel smartphone, for instance,
uses version 3.18 even though this was released almost three years ago – that’s an eon
in technological terms. It’s understandable that Google wants to
keep its products as up-to-date as possible and the only way to truly control that is
to start from scratch with your own building blocks. So Fuchsia could be in competition with Android? Google experimenting with a completely new
OS suggests this is at least possible, although it could just be a replacement for Android. As we’ve said, Fuschia could become an all-rounder
phone, tablet, computer and Internet of Things OS. What does it look like? When Fuchsia first emerged, it had a command-line
interface, which meant it could only respond to typed commands such as cd, cp and echo. Development has moved quickly and Fuchsia
now has a user interface called Armadillo. It’s being dubbed “the default system
UI for Fuchsia” and there’s already enough to give you a good feel for the system. It has a vertical scrolling list of apps,
as well as a card-style design similar to Google Now. A profile card has your details and opens
to reveal lots of settings such as battery life, Wi-Fi information, brightness, aeroplane
mode and orientation lock. While it’s by no means the final product,
it’s already clear that it doesn’t look much like Android. How much of an improvement is it? There are some nice early touches, such as
the ability to run split-screen apps. By pressing down on an app window, you can
drag it over another and then decide which one appears at the top or bottom of the screen. You can have as many as four apps on the screen
at once, which will facilitate multi-tasking and improve productivity. Throw in a suggestions feature seemingly inspired
by Google Now, and the beginnings of a new keyboard, and you have the makings of something
rather exciting. Will it use apps? It certainly will. Apps will be created via Google’s Flutter
Software Development Kit (SDK), which is already being used to make cross-platform apps for
Android and iOS. Flutter itself is an alpha, open-source project
that was used to create Armadillo itself, so the framework is already there for seamless
app creation. When Fuchsia is officially released, app developers
will surely clamour for a piece of the action. When will Fuchsia be released? That’s the big question. The truth is that no one other than the brains
working for Google can tell you the answer and, as we’ve said, they’re maintaining
an air of mystery over the project. It may emerge that Fuchsia is simply a testing
ground for a user interface that will never see the light of day on mass-market phones,
relegated instead to a side project that runs alongside Android and ChromeOS. But Fuchsia developer Travis Geiselbrecht
told the public Fuchsia IRC channel that the operating system “isn’t a toy thing”
and he stressed that it will be worked on for some time to come. One thing’s for sure – you won’t see
the fruits of Google’s labour appear on devices being sold this year. Can I not test a preview on my current phone? If you download and compile the Fuchsia System
UI into an Android APK, you can install it on an Android device. It’s not worth doing this on your current
handset because, at this point, there’s not much you can do with it. A better idea is to check out the Flutter
Gallery app, which you can download from Google Play. This shows widgets and behaviours built with
Flutter that at least give an indication of how Fuchsia apps will look. All the links mentioned is provided in the
description below this video.


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