What is Google Fuchsia and when can you expect it? It is basically a fusion of Chrome and Android operating systems (OS). No one knows what Google Fuchsia will look like after its release, as there is very little concrete information. But, we believe that Google Fuchsia, if and when it finally comes to daylight, will be the universal Google operating system spanning all kinds of devices.
Google Fuchsia revolves around the idea of being able to do what you want from any device you have ready. We see clues to this approach in some of Google’s efforts, like Android messages and one VR video editor to a wide range of equipment. There are also Chromebooks, as well as Google Pixelbook, which can run both Android apps from the Google Play Store and an early version of Fuchsia itself – which is rumored to be run android apps.
Even slandered Google Pixel Slate might actually offer a glimpse of what the future of Google Fuchsia will look like. While the tablet doesn't give us any idea of the Fuchsia release date, it does provide a sort of union between Chrome OS and a mobile OS. Google has changed the user interface of Chrome OS to make it more pleasant on a tablet, bringing it closer to a unified operating system on different families of devices. Whether it is Fuchsia remains to be seen, but we see it as a step in the right direction.
Unfortunately, information about Google Fuchsia's target release date is unclear. We expected Google to announce Google Fuchsia or Google Andromeda in October 2017. However, this announcement never came. More than two years later, and there is practically no news.
However, we're here to give you everything you need to know about Google Fuchsia, rumors, leaks and speculation about the information Google will post. Regardless of the end product or whether Google Fuchsia reaches the devices or not, be sure to bookmark this page as we will update it with all the new information we find.
Cut to the chase
- What is that? A cross-device Android-meets-Chrome operating system
- When did it come out? A first form is now available on the Google Pixelbook
- How much will it cost? Probably nothing, as is the case with Android and Chrome
What is Google Fuchsia?
Right now, there seems to be a gap within Google regarding what fuchsia really is. While the team working there says they want Fuchsia to be the ultimate Google OS, running on all of its smartphones, tablets, laptops and smart home devices – Google’s leadership still considers this an experience. This basically means that we will just have to wait and see what is going on and what is happening from all of these tests.
What we actually know is that Google Fuchsia is a hybrid operating system that is still very much in the development phase. The entire Fuchsia OS includes two separate but connected user interfaces (UIs): a phone-centric interface called “Armadillo” and a traditional desktop user interface called “Capybara” internally, according to 9to5Google.
So far we know more about the mobile version of Fuchsia than the portable version, but ArsTechnica recently got Fuchsia running on a Google Pixelbook in a very early state. And, it looks like both versions should be able to run android apps, much like many Chromebooks in 2019. Backwards compatibility therefore seems to be something that first Fuchsia users can hope for.
The division of the operating system into two separate user interfaces depending on the hardware on which it is used is a classic movement inspired by Microsoft. Windows 10 is already evolving depending on whether it is used with a desktop computer, a phone, a tablet or a game console. In fact, the only unifier of Windows 10 is its kernel, the root code that controls most operating systems. .
In the case of Fuchsia, this kernel is known as “ Zircon ”, and it is designed to be constantly upgraded – in addition to being protected against applications accessing it continuously, adding a layer of security additional and eliminating situations where applications are made incompatible with the operating system. updates.
Whether in mobile or desktop mode, Fuchsia is responsible for the Google hardware design found in all of its Android and Chrome OS products. Shadows are a big part of the design aesthetic, using a new graphic rendering based on Vulkan called “Escher” to do the job. The result is an interface with more depth to its appearance than traditionally flat OS products.
In addition, Fuchsia focuses heavily on a card-based interface, in which each application you open appears inside one of these cards – in addition, you can place multiple applications on a single card. This directs the user to the tasks at hand rather than to the applications. These apps should look the same on any device due to a new cross-platform mobile app development framework, developed by Google, known as Flutter.
Beyond that, Google Fuchsia revolves around Google Assistant which accesses and works more deeply with your applications and information to provide even more actions and information. Google has designated these applications and information as “entities,” according to a GitHub developer page, and they are all accessible by Google Assistant on Fuchsia. We even saw a recent demo it shows how deeply rooted Google Assistant is in Fuchsia.
It also looks like Google is going to change the way it collects analytics in Fuchsia, according to a 9to5 Google report. Fuchsia will see the implementation of a new analytical program called “Cobalt”, which will collect information about how you use the applications in the operating system. Cobalt is supposed to be part of Google's operating system security approach, but encryption has not yet been used. However, we are sure that Google will eventually provide better security for Cobalt.
Google Chrome, or at least an earlier version of Chromium, is operational on early versions of Google Fuchsia, according to a report by 9to5 Google. And, while not ready for the limelight, it does mean that the fledgling operating system is getting close to being usable without days of preparation.
Finally, Fuchsia strives to be the best multi-device operating system to date. To achieve this, Fuchsia uses a new tool known as “Ledger” by the GitHub community. Ledger, once connected to a Google account on a Fuchsia device, will automatically occupy your place in all the applications installed on all Fuchsia devices.
Overall, Fuchsia is Google's attempt to get the best out of Chrome and Android in a single operating system that is more efficient and transparent both while you're using it and when you're away – not to mention in between these states or between devices.
Google Fuchsia Release Date
Since August 2016, we've come across a ton of rumors about the Google Fuchsia release date – and each has proven to be wrong. These rumors usually bubble up just before the big Google Google IO developer event in California, or when we know that a large version of the material is on the horizon.
In February, it was revealed that the former head of security for Google's Android platform, Nick Kralevich, had left the Android team to “define security” in the department of Fuchsia. Describing it as a “new experimental operating system”, Kralevich does not refer to any specific launch window. However, this proves where Google chooses to put its most important resources.
Today, all speculation indicates that Google Fuchsia will work in the next three years only on smart home devices, with a full public version in the next five years. Still, this seems like an unfounded rumor – we'd be surprised if we saw her go out before 2024 (or real androids), if she ever went out.
Recent messages from developers via the Open Source Android project suggest some movement. A die commits mentions two rests, that the people of 9to5Google take to be “the incorporation of the official Fuchsia SDK”. Another commit mentions the Huawei Honor Play smartphone, so that we can soon see Fuchsia tested on real devices.
What could help indicate progress for the Google Fuchsia release date, however, is a new hire from Apple. Bill Stevenson, senior macOS engineer for Apple, announced the LinkedIn he joined Google to help bring Fuchsia to market.
In any case, keep it locked on this page as we are getting closer to a possible release date, so we may have new information for you.
What could Fuchsia mean for Android and Chrome – and Windows and macOS?
Rumor has it that Google Fuchsia is Google's answer to the united platforms of Microsoft and Apple. By transforming Android into one of the two largest smartphone platforms and later popularizing Chrome OS – not to mention G-Suite, Google's web productivity programs – Google has already become a major player on all platforms.
From the sounds, Google is trying to accomplish much of what Microsoft and Apple already have in place with Windows 10, iOS, and macOS High Sierra – continuity, respectively, but in a very Google way. It's easy to expect to have access to unrivaled Google data research and tracking at your fingertips – Google Assistant and “entities”, anyone? – which it can boast better than Microsoft and Apple, and an interface that evolves to meet the needs of the device from which it is accessed.
Will this ultimately mean the end of Android and Chrome? By name, most likely, but their principles will almost certainly continue to exist – there are too many solid foundations to not rely on. Just look at the material design language found in these early versions of either version of Fuchsia.
The end result – hopefully available as a preview later this year – will be just a platform that Google will have to worry about. With Fuchsia, Google will be able to offer new updates and features to all versions at once, thereby simplifying support as well as understanding and user experience.
With this, Google will become even more of a formidable enemy for Microsoft and Apple, and even more an attractive option for Android and Chromebook users everywhere. Who knows, maybe it will be enough to make conversions on the other side of the fences of Microsoft and Apple.
Michelle Rae Uy and Gabe Carey also contributed to this report