Android is undoubtedly the most popular Google operating system. In addition to it, the search giant also develops Chrome OS for computers. And more recently on the Web, more and more reports began to appear about the third OS – Fuchsia. The operating system that was not yet introduced to the public was launched on a computer without an emulator, and the first impressions of its use appeared.
– another operating system developed by the company besides Chrome OS and Android. It is noted that Google has been working on this OS since 2016, but did not say anything about its new project. Ron Amadeo on the pages of the resource arstechnica.com in the illustrated note reviewed a new operating system running on Pixelbook.
To date, users are aware of two developed by Google – Android and Chrome OS. But the company is also developing a third operating system, called “Fuchsia”. In May 2017, a message appeared on the Net, and then it was called simply “OS”. It was about the software interface, located on top of Android and functioned as an application. The user interface assumed a multi-window mode.
The Fuchsia user interface was written using the cross-platform SDK “Flutter”. Fuchsia is characterized by a graphical stack based on Vulkan and no emulator supports new graphics APIs. The only way to launch a new OS was to use compatible devices that are Intel NUC computers starting in 2015 and Acer Switch Alpha 12.
After reporting that the Fuchsia development team also provided support for the Google Pixelbook running normally under Chrome OS , it became possible to launch a new operating system. And not just a software interface on top of Android, but the operating system itself Fuchsia.
There are several functions that are probably developers-oriented. The blue Fuchsia logo in the upper right corner allows you to switch between the two modes – “laptop” and “phone”. There are also several commands for hardware buttons. The “Caps Lock” button (technically called the “launcher” on the Pixelbook keyboard) will allow you to switch between the graphical user interface and the command line mode. In the command-line mode, moving the volume control down leads to switching between different command-line modes, one of which involves displaying information about debugging.
The browser is still far from the state of the modified application. As noted, he was not able to fully display even the site Ars Technic. At the same time, Google.com was loaded perfectly. Provided in the OS Fuchsia – “Mozilla / 5.0 (Fuchsia; Intel Fuchsia).” Is it that Intel has something to do with Fuchsia, or is it just a message about the current platform of the computer device, meaning that the operating system is running on a PC whose processor architecture is x86?
There are several hidden settings on the operating system desktop. For example, tap on time allows you to select a time zone, although the list “hangs.”
As further noted by Scott Adam Gordon on the pages of the resource androidauthority.com, the operating system Fuchsia is characterized by a user interface called “Armadillo “And is based on its own kernel from Google -” Zircon “. Unlike Android, it is not based on Linux. As noted, the new platform is designed for “modern phones and modern personal computers with fast processors.”
The operating system currently supports a trackpad, keyboard, touch screen and USB ports. It also supports the use of a mouse attached to the device. It should be noted that Wi-Fi, like many other functions, does not work yet, because the new platform is in the early stages of development.
There are not so many content on the desktop of the new operating system – the battery and Wi-Fi indicators that familiar to users on Android-phones, as well as date and time. No application icons yet. You can use the modern application menu. It provides for the use of “live” miniatures recently used on the device applications. This approach is similar to the one that is typical for Android.
The current stage of development of the operating system Fuchsia shows that before its release, it may be years. And it is possible that the user interface of “Armadillo” by the time of debut of the new OS will be significantly changed. After all, it still has to appear to application buttons and system settings.