Google, what we know about Fuchsia, the third operating system

After a long wait, the new operating system debuts, designed for various applications, from smartphones to home automation

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Suddenly the big day of Fuchsia, that is the little known Google’s third operating system which officially debuts after a gestation of over five years. It starts in a soft way on the first generation of smart display Nest Hub, but the prospects are very broad and ambitious. What to expect from Google Fuchsia?

The first appearance of Fuchsia goes back in the summer of 2016, when a piece of code on the GitHub portal reveals the project of a whole new operating system, which can work on devices of a different nature, gives home automation and internet of things up to smartphone or smartwatch, from infotainment to systems inside cars, up to new generation smart and connected traffic lights.

Unlike the other two home operating systems, namely Android and ChromeOs which are based on kernel (i.e. the core, the most intrinsic and fundamental part) Linux, Fuchsia it rests on a so-called microkernel called before Magenta and then Zircon which allows you to manage without problems a great variety of devices, from the less powerful ones to the more performing ones. The same philosophy behind another ambitious operating system ready to debut on a large scale such as HarmonyOs at Huawei.

It is no coincidence that Fuchsia OS makes its debut on the Nest Hub smart displays because it is precisely from the less muscular gadgets that it will make its bones, also focusing on Google Cast keys and on Google Tv as well as on wearables such as smartband e smartwatch before the big leap on consumer devices, such as smartphone or tablet. In practice, users who have received the new operating system on their Nest Hub smart display will not notice big differences, because graphically the interface will remain the same, since it is always written with the Flutter framework.

The speech will change with the move to smartphones, for example. There is the possibility of expressing the potential of the new operating system in a more extended and broad way, which also makes up the safety its strong point. It is more than likely the compatibility with the huge number of Android applications. The modular nature of Fucshiafinally, it allows you to adapt to the host device by adding, from time to time, the blocks needed for the required functions, optimizing the source code. However, it will still take years before we can appreciate a mature and widespread version of Fuchsia, which will be released and improved gradually and without haste.

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