Google certainly doesn't want to leave anything to chance. The company has invested in nearly all industries, from Education to
robotics and Space Race. Even more interesting, the company has
been working on some fresh operating system going by the name
Fuchsia. The company recently released the source code on GitHub for this
project, and it seems that they are building everything from the scratch (as usual).
Some little background info
Fuchsia uses a totally new kernel going by the name ‘Megenta’, and
boots on x86 and ARM and its creators say they’ve already been able
to boot this new OS from the Raspberry Pi. Among those involved in
Fuchsia are two big-time Be Inc veterans, Travis Geiselbrecht and
Brian Swetland. These guys moved to Danger Inc and helped develop the
Hiptop OS. Mr. Swetland later joined hands with Danger founder Andy
Rubin’s on Android Inc, a startup that Google eventually bought in
2005. Swetland continued to work at Android up to 2012.
After danger, Gieselbrecht took a different path and went on to work at
Apple as it created the iPhone. He then developed worked at Palm,
where he was a lead architect for the Jawbone embedded operating
system. Feel like everything’s getting a little too technical? Don’t
worry; let’s get back to the relevant part
So what’s Fuchsia?
At this stage, it’s not all clear what Fuchsia will do. Notwithstanding,
there are several clues that point us to the right direction. One of the
plausible explanations is that Fuchsia will unify Android and Chrome
OS, creating a single, more solid operating system that’s scheduled
for a 2017 release. The company will probably use this new piece of
operating system to power up its ever-increasing range of smart
hardware devices, such as the OnHub router, as well as 3rd party
Internet of Things gadgets. Based on a preliminary evaluation of the
project’s code base, experts already agree that Fuchsia’s core code
has been designed to be lightweight. Google’s own documentation
says that the OS will target modern phones and personal computers
that ride on fast processors and a significant amount of RAM.
Magenta (the kernel on which Fuchsia runs on) offers support for
multiple advanced features, such as user modes, and a capability-
centered security model. The new OS has support for graphics
rendering, which means it could also be employed for augmented
For some time now, Google has been believed to be investing in a
‘proprietary Android’ that doesn’t need the Linux Kernel. This would
allow faster development and updates directly passed to end-users.
The Fuchsia OS could allow the company to shatter their
dependencies and accomplish the same goal. However, at this stage,
the OS is still in the infancy stage, and we can’t really be sure of
anything until we get an official communiqué from Google.
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