Google launched on Friday (28) the official site of Fuchsia OS, its new open source operating system. The mysterious project that has been rumored for years, but was only confirmed by the company in May this year may replace Android and Chrome OS in the future. All documentation is available on the website so software developers can start working with the experimental platform. However, devices supporting Fuchsia are still very limited: the Acer Switch Alpha 12 and Google Pixelbook notebook and tablet hybrids, and various generations of the Intel NUC Mini PC.
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Fuchsia OS could replace Android and Chrome OS in the near future Photo: Bruno De Blasi / dnetc
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It seems to be a concern of Google to make it clear that Fuchsia is not based on Linux. It is a fully featured modular capacity-based operating system. The site includes detailed information about the new Zircon microkernel on which the system is built. The kernel is a kind of core of a system that integrates the physical (hardware) with the logic (software). Android and Chrome OS are based on the Linux kernel.
The site (fuchsia.dev) debuted without fanfare and without indication of the supposed revolutionary potential of the operating system. In fact, Google's involvement is not even evident at first glance. A closer look, however, may notice the traditional Material Design and the terms and privacy links that direct to company addresses.
Google launched Fuchsia developer site Photo: Reproduction / Fuchsia
One of the strengths of Fuchsia OS must be its versatility. It may be used on many types of devices, such as computers, tablets and smartphones, as well as systems embedded in specific function devices. The platform will likely support 32-bit and 64-bit ARM processors. The new Zircon kernel has the advantage of being leaner. These features should result in a lighter system that can run well on both sturdier machines and simpler, IoT-oriented equipment.
In January, a document published on the Android Open Source Project website revealed that Google was preparing a special version of the Android virtual machine for Fuchsia. The feature may allow the new operating system to run applications made for Android. The technology would function as an emulator of Google's current mobile system.
Fuchsia's own apps are based on the Dart programming language, but to create the apps you need to use Flutter technology, which is a multiplatform framework. This other benefit, as it would allow developers to make iPhone (iOS) and Android apps with a single base code.
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