Google is back with yet another project. They are coming up with a new operating system. Dubbed as Google Fuchsia, it differs much from other Google Operating systems. What exactly is it planning to do with the new OS? What is the purpose of its development? That is what we will be analysing in this article.
Google Fuchsia – What is it?
Google Fuchsia is the new operating system being developed by Google. And that is all we know at the moment. Because Google is not letting the cat out of the bag as yet. There is not much information being given out about the new project.
Fuchsia has been stated to be an operating system that is aimed at the embedded devices lock car dashboards or GPU units. Though there are no more revelations about what is been designed for, pundits claim that it would be an operating system that is smart enough to work across multiple devices.
Google Fuchsia would be an open source platform. That is evident from the fact that the codes have been deployed on Google’s own repository and GitHub. The repositories do not seem to have any further information available. However, we made an attempt at understanding the documentations from Google and could make out a few things out. Let us bring out the information in a little more detail.
What constitutes Google Fuchsia?
To begin with, Google Fuchsia differs in one basic thing in comparison with the other operating systems from Google. Google has been into the realm of developing operating systems since long. It boasts of two of major operating systems. They include Android which is the power behind a major portion of the smartphones worldwide and Chrome OS which powers Laptops and Tablets. But Fuchsia differs from both of them in what the software is based on.
All the previous operating systems developed by Google have been based on Linux Kernel. Fuchsia is based on the Magenta Kernel which is based on Little Kernel project. For the uninitiated, Little Kernel project is meant for smaller devices like the embedded devices. Magenta is the higher version that is meant for devices higher memory. Google Fuchsia has Magenta built on LK.
What is Google Fuchsia meant for?
Here again, Google has had tight lips. Google is not letting us know its plans for the reasons for developing Fuchsia. So we again are dependent on the documentation and a little digging in lets us draw some inferences.
Google Fuchsia uses LK kernel which has been designed for smaller devices like the embedded devices and hardware. That makes us believe that the main purpose of the development of the software is for the sake of embedded devices. Google itself has a couple of such embedded devices. Maybe Fuchsia is a part of a long time strategy.
IoT – or the Internet of things has been the in a thing of late. There are a plethora of IoT devices being developed. Google may want to be in a front runner position to sustain its growth across the new age technology. The development of the software as an open source platform indicates that possibility.
There have been talks about the amalgamation of Android and Chrome OS. Though Google has neither confirmed nor denied the reports. Google Fuchsia can be a step towards that goal. Though we may not be able to see it so soon, we can assume that Google wants to be future ready with the able software.
What could be the future of Google Fuchsia?
There are no concrete confirmations from Google about the future plans for the Fuchsia project. Frankly enough, we assume it is quite early to predict a future of the new operating system.
The reasons are manifold. The main reason being Google’s habit of dropping projects midway. We have seen that happening with many of the projects before. Google has not yet revealed any information regarding the purpose for which this software has been developed for, and what exactly is it built with.
However, we do see a couple of possibilities as far as the future of the software is concerned. It may form the basis for the amalgamation of Android and Chrome OS. Though not the exact mix of those two powerful operating systems, it may form the basis of some future improvisations. But please note that it may not happen overnight, but would take time.
Another possibility could be it is just an experiment and may be dropped soon. Maybe it is being used as a testing ground for some other software. Possibly, it may not be launched as a commercial product. A little disheartening, though. But the fact that Google has been quite secretive about coming up with further details is more indicative of that possibility.
One more possibility we can come across is that Google Fuchsia may form the basis on which future versions of Android and Chrome would be based upon. Thus Google Fuchsia would form the interconnection between the two operating systems.
Google Fuchsia replacing Android is another theory that is being put forward. We assume it may not be realistic. However, if it happens – it would be a great thing in favour of the current Android users. Android in its current form is based on Linux and is not meant for smartphones. The software has been tweaked to suit the smartphones. However, it does have its own set of bugs on account of those tweaks. Fuchsia being based on lighter kernel would definitely be the best suited for smartphones. It would be great to see such a possibility soon.
That concludes our short digging up of the new operating system from Google. Apart from being labelled as a new operating system, Google has remained totally tight-lipped about the features and the implementation of the Google Fuchsia OS. Indicated to have an official launch in January 2017 – we do not see the possibility of a commercial launch so soon. Maybe we will need to wait for a complete and clear update from Google in this connection.
What would you think Google planning to do with its Fuchsia project? What could be the reasons for launching the new operating system? We welcome your views and opinions.