Google’s Fuchsia OS: A New Operating System
If you are a tech-savvy person then you have probably heard about Google Fuchsia OS and all the mystery surrounding it. A lot of people have questions about the final features of new Google Fuchsia OS. If you are one of those people then this blog may be able to satisfy your curiosity.
Otherwise, you always have the option to reach out to an Android app development company to know the scope of Fuchsia OS in your dream project.
We will be discussing how Google Fuchsia OS started, some benefits of Fuchsia OS and finally what the future holds for this Google operating system.
Brief History of Google Fuchsia
The Fuchsia operating system came up in the year 2016 and caused ripples in the mobile app industry. Fuchsia appeared on GitHub in the month of August without any official announcement from Google. Just like Android, it is open-source and free software.
Many experts are already of the opinion that Google Fuchsia OS is the next big thing and may replace Android. In spite of all the suspense surrounding it, there is no news about Google new OS from the officials. As there is already so much speculation around this OS, it will be interesting to know how it is different from Android and Chrome. Also, the question persists that is Android’s future really at stake?
As per the initial analysis by technology experts, it seems that the idea behind Google’s new operating system was to make it a universal one. A universal operating system means it can be run on all kinds of devices such as phones, smart home devices, tablets, connected appliances and much more.
Microsoft and Apple have already tried their hands at this concept of a universal operating system. Windows 10 and real OS X failed to meet the expectations. After these two failed attempts, let’s see how Google is able to fare in this universal OS development challenge.
How is Google Fuchsia OS Different From Android and Chrome OS?
Right now it can be said that Linux is the only platform that is somewhat related to the term universal operating system. It is because Linux is exclusively used in Chrome OS, routers, modems, Android and smart devices.
However, this new OS is not based on Linux. The Fuchsia OS is based on Google’s own kernel called Zircon or Magenta. Zircon is actually for the embedded systems. Don’t let its origin fool you! Although the origin is based on embedded systems, scalability lies at the core of Fuchsia. It has the ability to run on all kinds of devices like smartphones, desktops, and tablets.
What is the Purpose of Google Fuchsia OS?
As mentioned earlier, currently there is no clear picture of what the future will bring for this OS. But there are rumors that Fuchsia may Android and Chrome OS in the coming years. This rumor was quickly clarified by Google itself.
Other rumors in the industry state that Fuchsia will be initially installed on smart home devices before moving on to laptops and smartphones. Also, keep in mind that Google might shut down the entire project if they feel it’s not turning out to be as expected.
At Google’s I/O developers conference in May, Hiroshi Lockheimer, head of Android and Chrome told The Verge about Fuchsia that, “ We’re looking at what a new take on an operating system could be like.
Fuchsia is about just pushing the state of the art in terms of operating systems and things that we learn from Fuchsia we can incorporate into other products”. As per this statement, it can be rightly said that this OS is only a tester for similar concepts.
You might be wondering what will Google Fuchsia OS achieve that couldn’t be done by updating Android or Chrome OS? Well, it could be something with the kernel that we discussed earlier. Zircon will enable the OS to scale down to all kinds of embedded devices. Apart from the embedded devices, it is proven to scale up to larger devices such as laptops and computers.
Android is already entering the household appliances category, but we think that Fuchsia may turn out to be a better choice. It can be said that the Fuchsia OS is heading towards IoT. IoT can be defined as a collection of smart devices that improve home automation. Fuchsia may become a common operating system for all these devices.
What will be the Effect of Google Fuchsia OS on Developers?
Developers don’t have access to the Fuchsia OS. Although, when it will be available, a Fuchsia OS developer will be able to build applications using any programming language. The key here is Flutter!
We all know Flutter is a tool to develop cross-platform applications. Flutter framework will support application development for multiple platforms like Fuchsia, Android and iOS. Therefore, it will be a positive aspect for the developers’ community as they will be able to build a single application to run on various platforms and that too with minimum investment.
The additional benefit of Flutter is that is based on Material Design. Material Design is Google’s latest visual design standard that is compatible with Android, web properties and Chrome OS. Even though Flutter supports gaming and media applications as well as advanced UI elements, the ultimate performance will also depend on the hardware setup.
Features of Google Fuchsia OS:
We did mention that Material Design can be used with Google’s new operating system. Material Design has its own special renderer and Escher especially crafted for shadows. All the components in an application are neatly layered to give depth to them. Google Fuchsia OS basically has two layouts. First is a mobile-oriented design called Armadillo and the second one is a traditional desktop layout called Capybara.
Smart Assistants Friendly
According to the current situation, it seems like Fuchsia OS will integrate in a better way with Google Assistant. Activities like on-screen activity, camera use, apps drawer and everything else will be accessible to Google Assistant. In the case of Android, when it holds a home screen, it analyzes the information available on screen. On the other hand, Fuchsia is believed to dive deeper and get more information in comparison to Android.
An OS for Multiple Devices
We are surrounded by smart devices most of the time. The increasing number of smart devices includes phones, desktops, tablets, wearable devices, etc. To cater to all these devices, Google is trying to craft the new OS in a way that it works on any device.
Currently, developers are facing a problem of maintaining progress across multiple devices. Fuchsia will resolve this too! All the user has to do is log in to his Google Account and the device will save information in all the connected devices.
Again a question might have popped up in your head. How does Google Fuchsia OS achieve that? It is achieved with the assistance of a Ledger. Ledger is a distributed storage system that will store all the information in the cloud.
Cutting Edge Architecture
We have already discussed the difference between Android and Chrome OS and Fuchsia OS. Android and Chrome OS are Linux-based. However, Android faced an issue integrating with the latest Linux kernel. So, Treble came into the picture to solve this problem. Some OEMs are still not allowing Treble in their devices which means users will be vulnerable to new exploits.
If we compare Google Fuchsia here with the other two then it has got its own customized kernel, Zircon. It can be updated as per your wish. To do that, any access of the applications to direct kernel is limited. All these things increase the security of the device and make an application more compatible after the system is upgraded.
That’s A Wrap on Google’s Fuchsia!
Let’s have a quick recap of what we know so far! Fuchsia is a new operating system by Google that is still under progress. It is open-source and free software. Due to all the mystery surrounding it, Google Fuchsia OS has managed to garner the attention of the developers’ communities across the world.
Android’s success makes us naturally curious to know what Google has in store for us and what will it achieve. An interesting fact about Fuchsia is that the OS is entirely developed and managed by Google. This is opposite to how Android works. Android is also an open-source operating system but it is mostly managed by its independent users.
Here is another quote from Lockheimer on Fuchsia:
“It’s not just phones and PCs. In the world of (the Internet of Things), there is an increasing number of devices that require operating systems and new runtimes and so on. I think there’s a lot of room for multiple operating systems with different strengths and specializations. Fuchsia is one of those things and so, stay tuned”.
Google has not given an official date of its release yet. The development team is probably working hard on it every day to make sure that it turns out to be a breakthrough in the world of technology. However, it will be safe to say that the world is waiting to see what Google will unfold this time with the release of Fuchsia OS!
If your mobile application project is still in the pipeline and will take a while then waiting for the release of Fuchsia may not be such a bad idea. Make sure that you hire an Android app developer that knows all about Fuchsia and how to work with it to get the optimum results.
Are you already curious about what Fuchsia OS is about to bring? Do you want to know if it can be really implemented in your project? Ask our team anything about Fuchsia on [email protected]!
What is Fuchsia OS?
Fuchsia OS is Google’s new operating system that is highly scalable and aimed at working on all kinds of devices. As opposed to other operating systems from Google, Fuchsia OS is based on a microkernel named Zircon.
How to get Fuchsia OS?
Although it is an open-source project, Fuchsia OS is currently unavailable for the general public.
Why Fuchsia OS?
Fuchsia OS is the best choice as it can be accessed with Flutter. It means cross-platform app development will become a lot easier and cheaper.
Will Fuchsia OS replace Android?
The rumors going around the industry do say that but Google has clarified that that is not going to happen.
Is Fuchsia OS open-source?
Yes, Fuchsia OS is open-source.