Since 2016 we have known news that little by little they are arriving about Fuchsia, a new operating system developed by Google that, unlike Android and Chrome OS, is not based on a Linux kernel.
Without great paraphernalia involved, today a first version of this new operating system was released to the public, at the moment exclusively for Nest Hub devices.
Fuchsia’s first public appearance
According to a report by 9to5Google, Google’s new operating system is beginning to roll out quietly, initially only for first-generation Google Nest Hub displays.
Fuchsia version 1.0 was released today for these devices, with priority for users of the preview program. Subsequently, this coverage will be extended, in a process that will take several months.
You don’t ship a new operating system every day, but today is that day.
– Petr Hosek (@petrh) May 25, 2021
Petr Hosek, the technical lead for Google’s Fuchsia OS project, tweeted: “A new operating system is not released every day, but today is the day.”
Unlike operating systems based on the Linux kernel, Fuchsia uses a microkernel called Zircon, adapted for the specific needs of this new system.
On google words issued during the past year, Fuchsia has the vocation of being an operating system “Inclusive by design, from the architecture of the platform itself, to the open source community we are building”.
The final launch of this new operating system, which would eventually include a broader coverage of supported devices, is expected to be late in coming. However, news like this gives us the first concrete news about this project that has generated high expectations.
The interesting thing is that, according to the 9to5Google report, the transition to Fuchsia OS of Nest Hub devices will be completely discreet, even imperceptible for most of its users.
So far it is known that the operating system could run on laptops and smartphones, but so far the project is not shaping up to be an absolute replacement for Android or Chrome OS. Without going too far, there is still little hardware that supports running Fuchsia. In addition, the vocation of this operating system, despite being multiplatform, is to provide a boost to those technologies, such as the Internet of Things, that do not have specific and efficient operating systems for their purposes.
That smart screen from Google is unlikely to be the last to receive a Fuchsia operating system update. But since it is a system that is still in development, the following news about it could be as surprising and little anticipated as today.