Google was very successful with its Android OS which marketed well. Starting from mobile phones, tablets to smart televisions, it invaded every home and every gadget. Google has now decided to take on the PC world as well. The tech giant is working on a totally new operating system just as a page surfaces on code-sharing GitHub with the new OS that is called “fuchsia” which is in its early days. The page describes the new OS as “Pink+Purple==Fuchsia”. Fuchsia is actually a vivid purplish red colour that was named after a flower of the fuchsia plant. Fuchsia in Google is an open source project that lets anyone use it for their own purposes.
So what is Fuchsia?
This new OS is not based on Android and is also not built on the Linux kernel. Though there is no official word from Google, news from the blog circles speculate that this new Fuchsia OS from Google will have to do with applications in the Internet-of-Things (IoT). They suggest that Linux (and Android for that matter) aren’t ideal for use-cases that don’t involve traditional computers. As IoT is becoming more and more common, this could be a chance that Google is taking to pave way for some of the future gadgets to come.
Android Police reports that the fuchsia OS’s magenta kernel is designed to work on almost everything. Everything includes embedded devices to mobile devices and desktop computers. Users of Hacker News suggest that this new OS might be used for augmented reality. They feel that the current GUIs aren’t adaptable to 3D environments and hence this new OS from Google. Some say that this new OS is Google’s next Android rendered for the next generation mobile devices.
Google seems to be sowing seeds for its next major play. Considering that the tech titan has its own Android and Chrome OS to run on mobile phones and laptops respectively, it could also replace the two with the fuchsia and may be that’s why the equation adds two colours that is widely used.
The problem with new operating systems is that by launching one, only a few companies succeed at first and then it goes on to dominate the entire industry. Unless you are working on a new operating system for a purpose the chances that it will be most sought after is quite bleak.
But everyone likes to witness improvement which could bring to operating systems stronger security, increased responsiveness, a better battery life and may be a better interface for programmers. A small change could also make a big difference.
One should also be aware that introducing a new operating system is technically hard when it comes to handling a wide variety of hardware. It then changes to difficult situation when there aren’t developers to create software tailored for the new operating system. This is one reason why some operating systems failed. If people aren’t going to be using softwares then what is the point of having a OS at all?
Like some one said, “Users really don’t want to run operating systems — they want to run apps.”
Finally this new buzz could end up to be nothing but just another interesting project from Google that never releases commercially but causes folklore to wonder what fuchsia is all about. One thing that we all know for sure is that it is worth the speculation and there is no harm in watching closely.
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