Forthcoming successor to Android OS and Chrome OS could be on the cards
Blooming? Google’s future operating system. Fuchsia image by Olga Pink (via Shutterstock).
The worst kept secret that has come from the Googleplex is out. Google is in the process of developing a new open source operating system. Entitled Fuchsia, it was cryptically stated on Github as “Pink + Purple == Fuchsia (a new Operating System)”. It will be based on a newly created kernel known as Magenta. Unlike the Linux Kernel which has served Google well for several years, Magenta will be based on the Little Kernel.
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Fuchsia will be designed for 32-bit and 64-bit ARM processors and 64-bit PCs. There will also be support for Raspberry PI PCs. Its main programming language will be Dart, developed by Lars Bank and Kasper Lund. Dart is an open-source programming language. Another component of the proposed OS is Flutter. This allows for the use of material design in its window system.
Dart, which forms the belly and the guts of Google’s Fuchsia operating system, is designed for the Internet of Things. With Microsoft aiming to make a similar claim, Google’s incursion into the Internet of Things is a logical progression. Firstly, Android phones outsell iPhones in some countries; secondly, the affordability of Android and its approach to app developers compared with Apple’s protocols.
Flutter, which is going to form the material design part of Google’s future OS, is a gesture recognition technology. The company was formed in 2010 and taken over by Google three years later. Flutter is advertised on its own website as a mobile technology, suitable for nifty apps.
Whereas Dart has advertised its abilities for handling large apps, the mobile nature of Flutter could make a lean operating system. So far, the Chrome OS and Android OS have been suitable for smartphones, digital tablets, and Chromebook laptops – all of which giving Microsoft a run for their money at the budget end of the market. Could Fuchsia be the future, or could we be seeing this through rose-tinted spectacles? Nearer the time, we shall keep you in the loop.