Google Fuchsia remains to be cloaked in mystery, but the company is slowly starting to divulge about the next-generation operating system, what its purpose is, and what devices it would be able to power.
At Google’s I/O developer conference this past week, Android and Chrome Chief Hiroshi Lockheimer provided some rare enlightenment into Fuchsia, although at a very high level, in front of public audiences.
What is known about Fuchsia is that it’s an open source project, similar to AOSP, but it could run all manner of devices, starting from smart home gadgets to laptops to phones. It’s known to be built on an all-new, Google-built kernel known as “zircon,” previously known as “magenta,” and not the Linux kernel that shapes the foundation of Android and Chrome OS.
There have been reports over the past 12 months or so on Google Fuchsia dev tests on the Pixelbook and indistinct plans for a product development timetable that would notice an official Fuchsia device released in three to five years. The Google Home Hub, presently known as the Nest Hub is thought to be one of the test devices for Fuchsia.
Yesterday, Lockheimer finally disclosed about the eventual goal of Fuchsia. He stated that the point of the experimental OS is to also experiment with different form factors, hinting towards the likelihood that Fuchsia is devised to run on smart home devices, wearable’s, or likely even augmented or virtual reality devices. However, Fuchsia may be improved for certain other form aspects as well. At the end, Lockheimer became a bit secretive about the specifics of the product.