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Fuchsia OS: a New Era or Much Ado About Nothing?

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  • by Ivanna Denys
  • Updated on May 04, 2020
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There is a new operating system started developing by Google in 2016 known as Fuchsia that had to revolutionize the mobile industry into a twirl. Many experts speculated that Google Fuchsia OS will be the next big thing in the operating system ecosystem and is considered as the next Android replacement OS. But till the beginning of March 2020, we didn’t know a single fact about Google’s new OS.

It’s become essential to find out about this evolving operating system when so much is going on in Fuchsia.

In this article, we’ll explain what Fuchsia is based on the released information that we’ve collected on different professional resources. We’ll also make some guesses about the fate of Android.

  1. What is Fuchsia?
  2. How does Fuchsia look like?
  3. Is Android era close to its end?

What is Fuchsia?

Fuchsia is an operating system in Google’s portfolio that also includes Chrome OS and Android. On March 2, 2020, Google announced the beginning of the developing and testing final stage its new platform, and it has involved both its employees and its closest partners in this process. 

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Fuchsia is not based on Linux. It was used Zircon microkernel for this project. And this means we’re going to see a completely new and standalone product rather than just an upgraded version of Android or Chrome OS.

Fuchsia differs from Chrome OS and Android since it’s designed for different platforms. It is an open-source project which is similar to AOSP (Android Open Source Project) but it could be used for all types of devices, from smart home gadgets to phone and laptop. It will be developed on the all-new Google-built kernel Zircon, also known as Magenta. Google made a site where they provide all tech information for developers who want to try to design a Fuchsia app.

Fuchsia Interface

Developers say that Zircon is made for “future smartphones and personal computers.” Someday there won’t be a surprise to see Fuchsia on our devices. Moreover, Google has also integrated Apple’s programming language Swift in this operating system. Fuchsia OS will have all chances to become a market leader since IoT is expected to significantly grow in popularity in the nearest future.

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How does Fuchsia look like?

Since Fuchsia is created using Flutter SDK, it is easy to run pieces of Fuchsia on an Android device.  Let’s raise a veil a little bit and overlook the OS look.

Material design

Material design

The Material Design of Google OS will make an impression on you. It has its renderer and Escher that is specially designed for shadows. To give depth to the components, notifications, buttons, windows, and pop up boxes are cleanly layered. There are two versions of Fuchsia’s UI: desktop (called Capybara) and mobile (called Armadillo). Both of them are built according to Material design rules. And it’s no wonder since Material design is a big Google’s thing that is forecast to overcome a flat design trend soon.

Cards-based interface

Card-based interface

A truly unique feature of the Fuchsia design is the way a screen is presented. To be more precise, you’ll not see the traditional rows of app icons on it. Instead, there will be a scrolling list of the cards representing the apps. Other elements you’ll find on a screen include a profile picture, date and time, location, Google bar with suggestions for you, and a battery icon.

Split-screen mode

Split-screen mode

This is another feature we haven’t seen before. If you take one app icon and drop it on top of another app icon, a screen will split up and you’ll be able to use both applications simultaneously. In desktop orientation, you can choose between vertical or horizontal split. And both Fuchsia’s UIs allow you to have up to three apps in a split-screen mode.

Functions

Functions

Google hasn’t revealed any Fuchsia’s functions which can be considered completely brand-new. The functionality of this OS that is currently presented to the public is rather limited and includes many placeholders. The things you can do with Fuchsia now are quite primitive.

For instance, you can switch between several profiles. And you can even enter your email address and password to login but the system will not let you go any further after that. The Wi-Fi doesn’t work, but if you’re trying out a desktop version on Pixelbook, you can connect to the Internet via a USB Ethernet adapter. The Google search bar will bring you no real results and the apps do not work at all or do some basic stuff.

Is Android era close to its end?

Fuchsia vs Android

Google hasn’t provided us with any explanations of why they started the Fuchsia project at all. When Fuchsia appeared on the horizon for the first time, many thought that Google attempts to replace Android with something more advanced and, thus, remain competitive. It’s not a secret that the company faces many challenges related to the support of Android at the proper level since the latter was initially planned as OS only for cameras. So the guess was pretty logical.

There is no access to the Fuchsia operating system for developers, as soon as it will be available, developers will be free to develop apps using any programming language with the help of the new Flutter software development kit.

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One thing that Google will try to bring into force with its new operating system is that it will take full control of the open-source OS platform, even if its partner companies distribute it.

But we found out that Fuchsia is going to be a hybrid operating system that will work at least on PCs and phones. That’s why it’s unlikely to be built just to fix the problems related to Android. It seems more likely that the main goal is to unite the entire Google empire under one OS.

If this is so, then we can just applaud Google’s farsightedness because when smart devices will conquer the world completely, it’ll have a ready and well-developed solution. So we cannot say that the release of Fuchsia will cause a direct threat to Android. But we also cannot rule out that Android will become obsolete when Fuchsia will come on the scene. Especially, given that Fuchsia will support Android apps and it’s now a confirmed fact.

Putting it all together

According to the news from Google, the final stable version of Fuchsia OS will be released in the first half of 2021, then everyone can use it. This operating system will completely replace the existing Android, Wear OS, and Chrome OS, becoming a single platform, and fully universal said Google. Both the Dart (Sky) programming language and popular solutions such as C/C++, Go, and Apple Swift will be accessible to developers in creating software for this operating system. Our team will keep an eye out for any news about Fuchsia and we’ll, of course, keep you informed. What do you think about the new OS Fuchsia by Google? Share your ideas and let us know in the comments below.

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Ivanna Denys Ivanna is a Content Marketing Manager of GBKSOFT passionate about tech advancements, marketing, and startups. Her dream is to make the virtual world a better place with the help of a written word.

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Dram
May 26, 2019 at 8:55 AM

We have given you great information,Fuchsia: What’s Google’s next-Generation OS and how is it different from Android?

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