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Google's New 'Fuchsia OS' detailed interpretation: Can Google's New secret operating system be completed?

As early as 2016, it was noticed that the Fuchsia OS project quietly appeared on GitHub, which means that in addition to Android and Chrome OS, Google is still developing a third operating system.

However, after a few years, the mystery of Google Fuchsia OS has not been fully revealed: people do not know the real purpose of Google to develop the system; do not know which device this new operating system will be used for; not knowing Whether it is really rumored by the outside world is a substitute for Android.

However, in an interview with the Google I/O conference, Hiroshi Lockheimer, head of Android and Chrome OS, disclosed more details about Fuchsia OS to the public.


Fuchsia OS is an open source project similar to AOSP that can run from smart home devices, laptops, mobile phones and more; Google's smart home device Nest Hub is considered one of the testing devices for the Fuchsia OS operating system.

However, this new operating system is different from Google's previous development of Android and Chrome OS, because the latter two are based on the Linux kernel, while Fuchsia OS is based on a new kernel called "Zircon". Since Fuchsia OS is written using the Flutter SDK running on Android, most of the modules of Fuchsia OS can also be run on Android devices.

Other than that, we know very little, and the last time we saw the user interface prototype supported by Fuchsia OS was two years ago.


In the past, there have been some reports about Google's development of testing Fuchsia OS on Pixelbook laptops, as well as a timeline for product development. Devices that support the Fuchsia OS operating system are expected to be released in three to five years.

However, Hiroshi Lockheimer talked more about the new operating system in an interview with The Verge, saying:

We are developing more new features for this operating system. Some people may think this is "new Android" or "new Chrome OS", but I would like to say that Fuchsia OS is Fuchsia OS - it is the operating system world. A new kind of art.

Lockheimer also gave some instructions on the devices supported by Fuchsia OS, although these instructions are not particularly clear:

The significance of the new operating system is that it can support different hardware devices, such as smart home devices, wearable devices, and even augmented reality or virtual reality devices. For mobile phones, we launched Android; for web applications, we launched Chrome OS; so Fuchsia OS may also be optimized for certain devices, and our team is working in this direction.

According to media reports, Lockheimer mentioned some details in the media conversation of Google I/O. He said that not only mobile phones and personal computers, but in the world of IoT, there will be more devices that require an operating system, so Different advantages and specialized multi-party operating systems have great room for development; he believes that Fuchsia OS is one of them.

Speculation and prospects of Fuchsia OS 

When the media asked Google to explain the meaning of the new operating system "Fuchsia OS" and the purpose of developing Fuchsia OS, Google declined to comment.

However, according to Bloomberg, Fuchsia OS is an attempt by Google to try to unify the entire ecosystem with a single operating system.

Moreover, according to people familiar with the matter, Googel plans to use Fuchsia OS on smart audio and other smart furniture devices within three years, then transfer to laptops and other devices, and eventually replace Android to become the world's largest mobile operating system.

An article by foreign media Ars Technica also endorsed the above statement, the article said:

Android existed long before the iPhone was released, but at the time, Android was not used for smartphones, but as an operating system for digital cameras. Therefore, a subsequent use of a digital camera for a smartphone is bound to have some limitations.

Moreover, the limitations of Android are also reflected in the competition with Apple iOS. Although Android's market share of about 85% is far more than 15% of iOS, Apple devices and iOS have regained a game in areas such as performance and privacy. Moreover, many iPhone users will quickly follow up on iOS updates, however, less than 10% of Android system users will do so.

Fuchsia OS, which Google is developing, may be able to solve the above problems - according to foreign media Digital Trends, Fuchsia OS is more secure than Android because the built-in encrypted user key makes it easy to protect user information when updating the system; In addition, Fuchsia OS is also better at adapting to different screen sizes, which will help Fuchsia OS to be used for different hardware devices, as mentioned by Hiroshi Lockheimer above.

Although the outside world has different opinions on Fuchsia OS's speculation, these statements have not been officially confirmed by Google. 

Even if Google really plans to replace Android with Fuchsia OS, it will definitely not happen overnight, because it is a huge change for Google and the entire smartphone industry. 

Source: DigitalTrends

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