Google reveals mysterious Fuchsia operating system could replace Android

Google is developing a single operating system that could replace both Android and its Chrome OS for netbooks. 

Images of what is codenamed ‘Fuchsia’ have surfaced online.

Unlike its predecessors, which are based on the widely used Linux system, the new operating system uses Google's own internal software known as ‘Magenta’.

It appears the new system is specifically designed for ‘modern phones and modern personal computers with fast processors’ - meaning it could be an Android and ChromeOS competitor.



Fuchsia was first spotted in August 2016, but, at the time, was just a command line.

Now, it seems Google has bigger plans for its new operating system (OS), as it now boasts an interface, nicknamed ‘Armadillo', that could one day replace Android.

The latest update of the prototype was spotted by Ron Amadeo with Ars Technica, who determined Google is taking a different route with this OS.

Unlike Android and Chrome OS, Fuchsia runs on a microkernel called ‘Magenta’.

The tech giant’s documentation describes it as targeting "modern phones and modern personal computers with fast processors, non-trivial amounts of RAM with arbitrary peripherals doing open-ended computation." Amadeo also noted that this OS could be the design if Android was built today, as when it was created, Android did not have the billions of users it has now – which may be the reason it is riddle with problems.



However, Fuchsia could be the answer to Androids problems as it seems to focus on a more simplistic and organized design.

Kyle Bradshaw with HotFix.net put together a short video to give users a hands-on look of the new system and how it stands out from Android.

One difference is that the homepage, which appears to be much larger, takes a more personal approach, rather than focusing on applications.

In the center is the user’s profile picture, which when tapped, gives them access to a range of settings such as brightness, volume and other quick settings – some have compared the layout to Chrome OS’ quick settings menu.

However, when a user swipes down on the main screen, their recent apps will appear in chronological order, just like Android.

Swiping up from the bottom activates another menu that suggests apps for a user should open, as well as other shortcuts.

And the keyboard shown in the video looks very similar to that of Google’s Gboard.

The home screen also contains a split-screen interface that is capable of scaling up to the dimensions of a tablet.

Google has also incorporated cards into the new system to manage apps.

In one of the screen shots, there are a bunch of cards, entitled ‘Stories’, which are placed above the user’s profile image.

However, it is unclear what these cards mean, but Ars Technica said they may be a grouping feature, as when you tap a card it becomes a full-screen interface.

And it seems that Fuchsia is able to support three apps at ones with a 33/33/33 split, or even four apps at 75/25/75/25.

Google’s Flutter SDK wrote the interface and apps, which was written in Dart, the firm’s revamped JavaScript.

This means that users are able to use parts of the new operating system and run it on their Android device – a smartphone or tablet.

Although it seems Google is gearing up to release Fuchsia to the masses, it is not clear exactly what the tech giant has in-store for the new operating system or even if it will be launched into a full-fledged product.

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