Is Google Developing a Versatile OS Better than Android?
Is Fuchsia OS out replace Android and Chrome? The Internet giant is creating another gamechanger for mobile development.
The Linux kernel has powered Google for many years now. All operating systems developed by Google such as Chromecasts, Chrome OS, and Android are based in Linux. While every Google OS made is based on Linux kernel, it’s versatile since it can’t be used on embedded gadgets like GPS units and car dashboard monitors. Linux is a full-blown desktop kernel that can cause issues and affect performance. Currently, Google is reportedly working on an operating system designed for embedded hardware. It makes sense since if you have Google Maps on your car, then you need a decent GPS device complementing you mobile apps.
The Fuchsia Factor
Seen on its GitHub page, Google’s new OS is called “Fuchsia”, “Pink+Purple=Fuchsia (a new operating system. An OS named after a colour isn’t too revealing, then you dig deeper into details and find out that just like Android and Linux, the Magenta kernel powers the larger Fuchsia operating system. It is said that Magenta is designed to compete with commercial embedded operating systems such as ThreadX and Free RTOS.
Magenta is designed to scale better, which enables it to work smoothly on desktop computers, mobile gadgets, and embedded devices. For Magenta to improve, first class user-mode support and a capability-based security model is added to its Little Kernel base.
What about the entire OS? Google is using Flutter for the user interface, and Dart for primary programming language. A renderer called Escher supports visual effect, light diffusion, and soft shadows, with Open GL or Vulkan under the hood. Escher and Flutter might be designed for the Material Design UI in tow. Google confirmed it will soon be available for the Raspberry Pi 3.
How Google’s Fuchsia OS Affect Mobile Usage
So why does Google have new OS in the works? Industry pundits think that Google will pull out its other OS with the Fuchsia OS. It’s like how Samsung treats Tizen OS, a lightweight OS used on hardware but not appropriate for full-blown Android. While this could be another Google experiment, it could have an impact on location marketing and more mobile improvements in online gambling. Just imagine driving and then getting an alert that there’s a big jackpot up for grabs popping on your GPS unit. Interesting? Let’s just wait for Google to launch another gamechanging technology.