Watch: will Google’s new Fuchsia OS replace Android?

Google Fuchsia OS

Believe it or not, but Google has been working on a new operating system for a while now, dubbed Fuchsia.

The new platform, an open-source OS, reportedly ditches the Linux kernel in favour of an in-house microkernel called Magenta, Ars Technica reported.

Another big addition is Armadillo, apparently being Fuchsia’s default system UI. Armadillo is also written in Google’s Flutter, being the firm’s new, cross-platform mobile framework.

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Fuchsia is apparently meant for mobile devices and PCs, with the publication adding that you can actually grab “chunks of the Fuchsia code” and have it running on Android in the form of an APK.

In fact, YouTuber Kyle Bradley has done just this in order to show the Armadillo interface in action. It’s all extremely early, but we’ve got a scrolling tile-based UI of sorts, quick toggle buttons/sliders, Google functionality and a familiar Android system tray.

Bradley has also allowed users to download an APK of Armadillo, so people can get a taste of Fuchsia for themselves. Of course, it goes without saying that this isn’t an official app source, so proceed with caution. It’s also worth noting that the download link is down at the time of publication, owing to traffic.

According to Ars, a Fuchsia developer told a chat room that the platform isn’t “a toy thing, it’s not a 20% project, it’s not a dumping ground of a dead thing that we don’t care about anymore”. So expect this to be more than just an experiment, then.



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