Google Fuchsia remains shrouded in mystery, but the company is beginning to slowly open up on the next-generation operating system, what its purpose is and what devices it can power. At the Google I / O developer conference, last week, Android and Chrome chief Hiroshi Lockheimer offered some strange ideas about fuchsia, albeit at a very high level, in front of the audience.
What we do know about Fuchsia is that it is an open source project, similar to AOSP, but it can run all kinds of devices, from smart home appliances to laptops and phones. It is also known that it is built on a new kernel created by Google called "zircon", previously known as "magenta", and not by the Linux kernel that forms the basis of Android and Chrome OS.
Beyond that, we do not know much and have only seen a brief look at a user interface prototype powered by Fuchsia two years ago. There have also been reports over the last 12 months about the Google Fuchsia development tests on the Pixelbook and nebulous plans for a product development calendar that would see an official Fuchsia device released in three to five years. In addition, it is believed that Google Home Hub (now called Nest Hub) is one of the test devices for Fuchsia.
But on stage during a live recording of The Vergecast yesterday, Lockheimer finally opened up about the ultimate goal of Fuchsia.
"We are analyzing what a new version of an operating system might look like, and then I know that people are getting excited saying," Oh, this is the new Android "or" This is the new Chrome operating system, "he said. Lockheimer. "Fuchsia really is not about that. "Fuchsia is simply about boosting the state of the art in terms of operating systems and things we learn from Fuchsia that we can incorporate into other products."
He says that the objective of the experimental operating system is to experiment with different form factors, an indication of the possibility that Fuchsia is designed to run on smart home devices, wearables or, possibly, even on virtual or augmented reality devices . "You know that Android works very well on phones and you know it in the context of Chrome OS as a runtime for applications there. But Fuchsia can also be optimized for other form factors. So we're experimenting. "
Lockheimer became somewhat cryptic at the end of his answer, following him with:" Think of dedicated devices … right now, everyone assumes that Fuchsia is for phones. But what would happen if it could be used for other things? "
In an independent Android chat that was held on Google I / O today, Lockheimer provided some additional details, albeit in an equally cryptic manner in its details. "It's not just phones and computers, but in the world of [the Internet of Things] there's a growing number of devices that require operating systems and new execution times, etc. I think there's a lot of room for multiple operating systems with different strengths and specializations. one of those things and, therefore, stay tuned, "he told the audience, according to 9to5Google .