The sizzling talks of the digital town are about the new operating system of Google. Yes, you heard it right, an entirely new operating system. The matter of fact is that it is still the mystery unresolved as to what this OS is for or which devices will this support. The suspense is not unveiled which makes this news even more enthralling. This OS was intuitively popped in the August in the past year. It was a mere command line back then which has now turned up into this crazy new buzz with enticing UI. Let’s unveil the mystery wheel and outburst with facts, rumors, reports and leaked information about new OS of which by now we just know the name Fuchsia.
What is Google Fuchsia?
An evolving and escalating lump of code is Fuchsia. Hell, no it does not end here, it’s an intuitive beginning of an interestingly new OS which yet to be acknowledged by the Google. What will leave you astonished is that it is not based on Linux Kernel which is the base of both Chrome OS and Android till date. Instead, Google has come up with a new kernel called Magenta for Fuchsia. Well, may be this can mean waving goodbye to Android or may be not. Well, you will have to wait to find this out.
Independent to Android
Vice president Engineering of Android, Dave Burke rolled out teensy weensy information in the I/O about Fuchsia that it’s one of the early stage experimental projects at Google having one of the most glittering features about new OS that its open source. So, yes, people can see it and comment on it. Additionally, this project is separate from that of Android. Burke also concluded that some really intelligent people are on the project now, but refrained from indulging into any specific details about the same. Concluded as an early stage experimental project, it might not go ahead if things don’t fall in the right place.
What makes Fuchsia so much exciting?
Surpassing the phase of whether or not Fuchsia will launch, Google has already rolled out an early and amazing user interface having a card based design according to the gallery images of the Ars Technica. It was primarily discovered by the Kyle Bradshaw at Hotfix that user interface will be named as Armadillo. This will work as the default UI system of the Fuchsia for the upcoming apps. Where fuchsia is built on magneto unlike Android and Chrome OS being built on Linux, Armadillo will be built on Google’s flutter SDK. Google’s flutter SDK will be used for coming up with cross platform code having ability to run on multiple operating systems. By this enticing UI, different cards can be dragged around for the use in a tabbed interface or a split screen.
What devices is it going to support?
The stories we hear since 2015 is that new OS Fuchsia is going to conjoin Android and Chrome OS into a single operating system. It was speculated of being released in 2017 but half is gone now, so let’s see what happens next. Google announced that this software is targeting modern personal computers and modern phones having an immense amount of RAM and fast processors. As discussed earlier, Fuchsia is built on Magenta which is a medium sized microkernel based on LittleKernel project. These are more probably meant for an embedded system specifically for a device devoid of the need of entire OS or device that has a specific purpose like a watch or a router. Check out the Fuchsia’s Github page, You will find two popular experts specialized in an embedded system. One is the senior software engineer at Google and second one is a former engineer on Nexus Q and Android TV. Google has also rolled out that Magenta supports graphics rendering, user modes, and a capability based security models. There are points suggesting Fuchsia being an OS for gadgets that are Wi-Fi connected. Well, Google has already an IOT platform known as Android Things. Armadillo system UI is already compiled which clear out that it will probably be a smartphone or tablet OS.
Will new OS put an end to Android?
Well, the mystery wheel has not been unveiled yet. Android being in the market successfully for so long, it is still tangled with troubles that Google is yet to troubleshoot. The basic issue with Android is that there are a plethora of different devices which are in the market produced by different manufacturers which are not an issue. The issue is these all use scattered versions of Android instead of integrating the latest version of it. The second issue prevailing with Android still unresolved is its update. Google has a yearly release of update scheduled but still, it takes around 4 years to flood the system wholly and solely. The root cause of a majority of the issues is Android being open source. Google allows a random device to load Android on their hardware which ends up in fragmentation. Thus when Google comes up with any update, it becomes really a challenging job to push them into all those hardware using Android. The third issue is Android being based on Linux. Being outdated is only the only issue with Linux but it also has certain legal issues to look over. Moreover, the licensing fees that are to be paid to Android hardware OEM take over a significant part of the total profit. The best example to justify this is that Linux kernel was not originally meant for smartphone and IOT devices yet it is modified and installed in those devices which create a loophole for vulnerabilities and bugs to enter.
Winding up :
An advent of new OS can resolve all those loopholes discussed above. There won’t be any issue of high licensing fees, security knots more tightened and eradicating the fragmentation and update flaws. Now, let’s wait and see is Fuchsia really coming, if yes then when and what’s it bringing along with. Till then just read this article and hit the like button if you find it interesting.