Google’s Fuchsia OS was first spotted nearly five years ago, and now after a long wait, the OS has quietly been released by Google. The OS has currently been rolled out to Google’s first-generation Nest Hub.
Nest Hub is a smart speaker powered by Google Assistant with a huge 7-inch display that was released in 2018 and ran Cast OS, a Linux-based operating system, which will now finally be replaced by Google’s latest Fuschia OS.
The Fuchsia OS update will be released to first-generation Nest Hub devices over the period of the next coming months. The transition from Cast OS to Fuchsia OS will be gradual. It will first be available on Nest Hub devices participating in the Preview Program, followed by wide availability.
As exciting as it may sound, the forthcoming Fuchsia OS-based upgrade will not include any significant UI changes. In reality, all user-facing design components, as well as the overall functionality and features of the Nest Hub, will stay unchanged.
As a result, your experience with the Nest Hub should be nearly the same. This is feasible because Google’s smart display experience is created with Flutter, which is aimed to bring apps to many different platforms, including Fuchsia, consistently.
Working of Fuschia OS
Zircon, the Fuchsia Kernel, is written in C++ and differs from Unix-like operating systems by not providing support to Unix-style signals and instead uses the launchpad library to replace fork and exec.
Garnet, which provides services common to all operating systems for software installation, administration, connectivity with remote systems, and so on, is another component of Fuchsia. Topaz augments system functionality by implementing interfaces defined by underlying layers and exposing them as modules, agents, shells, and runners. Peridot is a framework for composed, intelligent, and distributed user experiences.
Fuchsia is not limited to a single language or runtime, but rather supports a wide range of both, including C++, Web, Rust, Go, Flutter, and Dart. Dart and Flutter, on the other hand, have a particular position in the Nest Hub display experience, which is being utilised by the Fuchsia upgrade.
Will Fuschia Replace Android and Chrome?
Though Android was built at a different time and for different purposes, there are a few things it simply cannot do, and it is currently difficult to rectify these flaws with a simple software update.
Android’s shortcomings were accepted by developers, manufacturers, and users, but it would be foolish to continue developing a faulty device indefinitely.
Fuchsia could be a chance to hit the reset button and start fresh. A chance to create an ideal crossover OS that will serve as the home for the Google ecosystem on smartphones, tablets, and notebook computers.
Fuchsia will take care of all of these details. It doesn’t appear like it will power servers or become the preferred operating system for developers, video editors, or hardcore PC gamers – in other words, it will not replace Windows.
However, for users who spend the most of their time surfing the web, blogging, or watching multimedia, it may be optimal. It may fill the the gap that has long existed between Android’s simplicity and Windows’ capabilities.
Google and Microsoft have already attempted to fill the void. Unfortunately, Chrome OS and Windows 10S proved to be overly restricted. Fuchsia, on the other hand, has the potential to be a game changer.
It’s safe to argue that having one operating system on a smartphone and a notebook, or even using a smartphone as the foundation for your desktop configuration, would surely address a million problems.
The Green Robot has become the most popular mobile operating system, although it is not ideal for laptops or 2-in-1s. In its larger hardware, even Google employs Chrome OS rather than Android. Fuchsia could be the ultimate solution, combining Android and Chrome OS into a single platform.
Google looks to be proceeding cautiously with this deployment, which will take months to complete because upgrading OS systems is not an easy upgrade.
The unveiling of Fuchsia is Google’s most public step toward making it a user-friendly operating system.
Google can demonstrate that their made-from-scratch operating system is ready to be utilised in the smart home as a drop-in replacement for the Cast OS by field testing it on real devices. For the time being, it is unclear whether Google wants to move more Cast OS-based devices to Fuchsia.