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Here is Everything You Need To Know About Fuchsia, Google's New Secretive Smartphone OS
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Here is Everything You Need To Know About Fuchsia, Google's New Secretive Smartphone OS

Google's Android is the most popular smartphone OS with 82% of all current smartphone running it. This is an incredible accomplishment considering that Andy Rubin and his team developed started development of this humble Linux-based OS targeting digital cameras.

However, compared to iOS, Android has many issues apart from fragmentation and OEM skinning. And Google's effort to merge Android and Chrome for many years hasn't reached fruition. These can all be the reason for Google to develop a new smartphone OS called Fuchsia. Here is everything we know so far about Fuschia:

What is Fuchsia?
Fuchsia is a capability-based, real-time operating system currently being developed by Google. It was first discovered as a mysterious code post on GitHub in August 2016, without any official announcement. In contrast to prior Google-developed operating systems such as Chrome OS and Android, which are based on Linux kernels, Fuchsia is based on a new microkernel named "Magenta", derived from "Little Kernel", a small operating system intended for embedded systems.

How is it different from Android?

Upon examining code posted on GitHub, it is clear that Fuchsia has the capability to run on universal devices, from embedded systems to smartphones, tablets and personal computers. Thus it could be the one single OS for laptops, smartphones, and wearables. Additionally, Fuchsia is based on Google's proprietary Magenta kernel as opposed to open source Linux kernel in Android.

What Fuchsia looks like?

This is the most interesting part. In May 2017, Fuchsia was updated with a user interface based on Material design and card layout. The interface is called Armadillo and so far it looks and feels way better than any smartphone interface we have seen. Chaim Gartenberg of The Verge says "Armadillo allows for different cards to be dragged around for use in a split-screen or tabbed interface and seems to include some Google Now-style suggestions, too" You can check it out yourself in this YouTube video preview of Armadillo interface.

Will Fuchsia replace Android soon?

This is a tough question to crack as we are still in dark about future plans of Google. Fuchsia could be an operating system that the company is building from the ground up to replace the current operating systems. It could also be a third platform that will exist alongside Android and Chrome OS. Some argue it might be just an experiment to try out new UI, UX, and development ideas. It seems we have to for the coming Google I/O to know more about Fuchsia.

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