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Honor Play running Google's Fuchsia OS spotted online

Huawei engineers have added support for HiSilicon Kirin 970-based devices.

  • Published: November 23, 2018 12:06 PM IST
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Google’s Android OS is currently the largest mobile operating system around, and the go-to software for Android smartphone makers. However, Google has been working on a new system called Fuchsia OS behind closed doors. Fresh news surrounding the new OS is that Huawei has been involved in testing the new interface. As per reports, Huawei engineers submitted the Fuchsia OS test code based on Honor Play in the Google open source community.

Huawei engineers were also able to add support for their home-grown Kirin 970 SoC within Fuchsia. While the tests are still very preliminary, the team was able to boot the Honor Play with Fuchsia’s Zircon kernel. With the addition for Kirin 970 support, it seems we could be seeing more Huawei flagship devices like the Mate 10 and Mate P20 also being tested in the future.

That said, Fuchsia OS is still in its infancy with Google itself admitting that it will take around three years to be ready for any commercial usage. However, its appearance on an Android smartphone does give weight to the belief that Fuchsia is being created as a single OS to run on devices of all kinds. Basically, it could be a long-term replacement for Android and Chrome, which is why Huawei seems to be interested in testing it out.

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The fundamental difference between Fuchsia and Android is the Zircon microkernel while Android uses Linux. While Google has tested the OS on phones and the Pixelbook as well but the Honor Play has now become the first Android smartphone to be tested by Huawei. We should, hopefully, be learning more about the budding new OS in the coming months as Google works to mature it for prime time.

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  • Published Date: November 23, 2018 12:06 PM IST