While several operating systems already exist, Google has been developing another operating system called Fuchsia for years. Despite being an open source operating system, Mountain View has always been quite reluctant.
But today, Google finally decides to shift up a gear and launch Fuchsia OS. As reported by the 9to5Google website, Mountain View is rolling out this new operating system for some users of the first generation Nest Hub screens released in 2018.
Obviously, Google remains very cautious as this change in operating system does not affect all users and is very slow. No changes to their devices are observed for users who receive the update. This is because the Nest Hub works the same way despite the switch to Fuchsia OS (instead of the Cast OS operating system).
This is due to the fact that Google’s connected displays use Google’s Flutter SDK which supports various platforms including Fuchsia OS. In other words, the experiences developed for the Nest Hub are compatible with the new operating system.
It’s still not clear why Fuchsia was developed by Google
In any case, the fact that Google finally wants to install this operating system on products used by the public signals a desire to move forward with its development. It should also be noted that as early as March there were signs that the company was preparing to deploy Fuchsia OS. In fact, the operating system had reached version 1.0 and appeared on the Bluetooth SIG certification page.
However, many questions remain unanswered. Right now, Google is happy to offer Fuchsia OS on the first generation Nest Hub screen. However, Google also has the option of using this operating system on other media such as computers or smartphones.
In fact, Fuchsia was designed for different types of devices. And some rumors even suggest that Google could later replace Android on smartphones with this operating system.
Fuchsia is an operating system that Google developed from scratch and that, unlike Android, is not based on Linux. Fuchsia could, however, support Android apps.
In 2019, Hiroshi Lockheimer, Google SVP for Android, Chrome / OS, Play and Photos said, “It’s not just about phones and PCs. In the world of IoT, more and more devices require operating systems and new runtimes, etc. I think there is a lot of room for multiple operating systems with different strengths and specializations. Fuchsia is one of those things so stay tuned. “”