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Google Is Working on a New Operating System Named Fuchsia That Might Unify Android, Chrome OS

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Last Updated: August 16, 2016, 09:41 IST

Image: New Google logo seen on white background.

Image: New Google logo seen on white background.

Some believe that it could be used to unify Chrome OS and Android into a single operating system - a plan which falls in alignment with earlier rumours about a new OS that could be released by 2017

After the tremendous success of the Android operating system, Google is now working on a completely new OS called 'Fuchsia'. The catch, however, is that no one knows what the software is for.

While Google is mum about its intention of building Fuchsia, the project is currently listed on GitHub and the search giant's own code depository.

The fresh OS is touted to come with a host of interesting features. To begin with, Fuchsia does not use the Linux kernel- a core of basic code that underpins both Android and Chrome OS, The Verge notes.

There also have been a number of suggestions about the possible implementation of Fuchsia. Some believe that it could be used to unify Chrome OS and Android into a single operating system - a plan which falls in alignment with earlier rumours about a new OS that could be released by 2017. Other possible usage could mean powering hardware like Google's OnHub router or third-party IoT devices.

The code underlying Fuchsia highlights it being a lightweight software. It is built on Magenta which is a medium-sized microkernel based on LittleKernel. It is designed to be used in embedded systems which refers to computers which have a specialised function and often do not need a full-fledged operating system, for example the software used in a digital watch.

The report further points out that the developers listed behind Fuchsia's GitHub page are Christopher Anderson and Brian Swetland who are experts in embedded systems and both have previously worked on Google projects.

Google's documentation indicates that the software is capable of doing more than just power hardware. It also targets modern phones and personal computers which use 'fast processors' and 'non-trivial amounts of RAM.' Some users have also suggested that the software could also be used for augmented reality interfaces.

Described as 'Pink + Purple == Fuchsia(a new Operating System)' on the GitHub page, Swetland is quoted as saying that the project was revealed in this way as, "The decision was made to build it open source, so might as well start there from the beginning."

The software is currently being tested on all types of systems and as Swetland says, it is 'booting reasonably well' on small-form factor Intel PCs as well as an Acer Switch Alpha 12 laptop. Another Google developer, Travis Geiselbrecht, who is part of the project said that the project will soon have support for Raspberry Pi 3.

The official word is yet to arrive but given the pace of testing, a 2017 launch should not come as a surprise.

first published:August 16, 2016, 09:41 IST
last updated:August 16, 2016, 09:41 IST