Fuchsia OS will arrive “to other smart devices and formats”: advances the replacement of Android that leaves Linux behind
Maybe is Google’s worst kept secret. Fuchsia OS has been in development for several years, but it was not until a few months ago that they opened the code to developers and we have finally begun to see it in the Google Nest Hub, the first devices that have this operating system as the protagonist.
Now Google seems to want to take this platform further: in a series of job offers Google indicates that “it is time to expand it to additional smart devices and other formats.” There is no specific talk of mobiles, but of course Google could be preparing to leave behind Android and its Linux kernel, and the reason is the same as always: to have the maximum possible control over the platform.
Fuchsia deployment is slow but steady
Contrary to what happens with Android, Fuchsia does not use a Linux kernel, but a microkernel called Zircon. The implications for Google are clear: by not relying on Linux, it does not have to meet the requirements of the GPL license for that kernel, and you can fully control that platform and license it (or not).
If something is being Google with Fuchsia it is patient. The deployment of the platform is very, very gradual, and only a few months ago they began to replace the Nest Hub’s Cast operating system with Fucshia, and that no problems have arisen attests to the apparent good performance of this new platform.
In a new series of job openings, Google appears to be willing to up the ante. There is already talk of a division of ‘Fuchsia Devices’ in which a team of engineers will work that will take this operating system to other smart devices and other formats.
It is not specified which ones in a concrete way, but it is mentioned that “Chromecast, video conferencing and deep learning they are essential parts of the smart products that are coming soon. ”
However, it is not expected that the Chromecasts that appear in the future integrate this platform, but products of the Nest division can have ‘casting’ functions with which, for example, to send content from the mobile phone.
What seems clear is that Google wants to promote this platform little by little, an effort in the software field that joins your advances in controlling your own hardware as well. The Tensor chip that will be the protagonist in the Google Pixel 6 is proof of this, and it seems that part of Google’s future is marked by that total control of the SW / HW binomial.
Via | 9to5Google