Google's new 'Fuchsia' OS shown in new video and images

Lynne Hanson
May 10, 2017

Google has been developing a new operating system called Fuchsia OS for a while now. While Fuchsia itself still exists only as an open-source codebase on GitHub, you can actually download, compile, and run parts of the UI on an Android device, which is how the attached screenshots were obtained.

Initially, the Android O used only for the recent Google devices, but this developer's preview can be used by all the smartphones like Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Pixel, the Pixel C tablet, Pixel XL phones, and Nexus Player Android TV set-top box. When the OS made its first appearance previous year, compiling the code only gave a command line, but Hotfixit.net has found that the Fuchsia System UI, called "Armadillo" is quite something. In the centre, you'll see a window for the user's profile picture, the date, city name, and a battery icon. Google's plans for the OS are unclear, although it can reportedly run on 32- and 64-bit ARM CPUs, as well as 64-bit Intel CPUs.

The "Stories" feature, unlike what you would find in Snapchat and Instagram, is located above the central home screen list. It also includes Google Now-style suggestions.

It's clear, though, that this is a much more toned-down version of a Google OS.

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According to the page, Armadillo is an app that was written in Flutter, Google's tool for building apps for iOS and Android from a single code base. The report also talks about a text-copy feature built by Google which can be expected in the new Android. On the Android beta website, the company said the site will be updated next when the Android O Beta Program begins and gave developers and Android enthusiasts directions to downloading the full OTA image of Android Nougat on their devices.

This new feature will help you for better navigation.

One of the most interesting tidbits about this OS is that it is not be based on Linux, unlike Android and Chrome OS.

The Ars Technica rightly points out that there is no evidence as to Google's intentions with this operating system just yet. The new UI allows dragging of multiple cards to fit the split-screen or tabbed interface. It's unlikely we'll know more any time soon, either. Tapping on the profile picture brings up the menu which is similar to Android's quick settings. We will most likely have to wait quite a while before we see Google potentially do anything with Fuchsia.

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