Google has released two major operating systems so far, one is Android, which is the most widely used mobile OS in the world. The other is Chrome OS, which is a lightweight operating system built for laptops, and it has also found good amount of success, especially in the education field. We know Google is always thinking about future, and since May last year, it has been testing a mysterious new operating system called Fuchsia. Also Read - Google's Tensor chipset on Pixel 6 series will be manufactured by Samsung: NikkeiAlso Read - Google Chrome sending Enhanced Safe Browsing notifications? Know all about it here
Although Google has been testing it for a while now, it has not detailed anything about it so far. However, according to a new report on Chrome Uboxed, Google has released documentation for allowing developers to load Fuchsia OS on the PixelBook. But this isn t the usual developer version that you can just load on your laptop. To load the OS, you will need two machines to host and target a PixelBook. Also Read - Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro are really happening and Google just teased them
The mysterious new OS is still a work in progress, but it drops early hints at the functions and user interface. In the past, Fuchsia was mostly been linked to embedded systems such as Internet of Things (IoT) devices and wearables. However, the testing was then expanded to Acer s Switch Alpha 12 and Intel s NUC Chromebooks.
Fuchsia is built on Google s Zircon microkernel, which is not the typical Linux kernel that holds Chrome OS and Android together. Also, there is no clarity on why Google feels the need to build a new operating system, and what devices will it run on. And as the testing spreads to more Chromebooks in the coming weeks, developers are speculating that Fuchsia could be successor to Google s Andromeda project that never materialized.
For those uninitiated, Andromeda was expected to be Google s Android-Chrome OS hybrid OS, that would run on both smartphones and tablets. And while Google was expected to announce Pixel laptop running on Andromeda OS, it instead announced support for Android apps on Chrome OS. As of now, there is no word on what Fuchsia will be like, but as Google continues to experiment, we will learn more about the mysterious OS in the coming months.