Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Google's Fuchsia OS - All You Need To Know (GitHub Repo and Armadillo Launcher )

Fuchsia is an operating system based on capabilities that Google is currently developing. It was first known to the public when the project appeared without any official announcement on GitHub in August 2016. Unlike previous operating systems developed by Google, such as Chrome OS and Android, based on the Linux kernel, Fuchsia is based on a new microkernel called "Zircon." 

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Google Inc. made news about a new OS Fuchsia that would soon replace Android and Chrome OS. Here's a look at the project's web demo being developed since 2013. Interestingly, the project was first released on GitHub in 2016, but many also wondered whether Google really needs a new Android and whether Fuchsia will be a real successor. Mountain View-based search giant called it the new operating system for "modern phones and modern personal computers with fast processors, reduced RAM with arbitrary peripherals performing open-ended computing." Meanwhile, Flutter, Fuchsia UI, is already being used by developers and organizations across the globe for developing apps on iOS & Android. 

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The project also faced a hurdle when engineers expressed concern over privacy. It ultimately went in favor of Google’s advertising team. As we all know, Google doesn’t charge for its services but collects a certain amount of information to monetize through targeted ads.

With better voice interactions and frequent security updates for devices, Fuchsia is designed to overcome Android's limitations. The engineers have created encrypted user keys in the online software code to ensure that information is protected whenever the software is updated. According to people familiar with the project, Bloomberg stated that the main objective of Fuchsia was to "create a single operating system capable of running all the company's in-house gadgets." These include devices such as pixel phones and intelligent speakers, as well as Android-based third-party devices and other systems such as Chrome OS. Some engineers also told Bloomberg that engineers that they want to embed Fuchsia on connected home devices, like voice-controlled speakers, and then move on to larger machines such as laptops. Ultimately aspiring to swap in their system for Android.

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How different will Google's new OS Fuchsia be from others?

Google is dumping Linux and the GPL and probably Java and all their problems with Oracle. The actual operating system is going to be very different in how Android was designed, but Google has worked on Android, so many things are going to be the same.

Fuchsia is written in Go, Rust, Dart, C, C++, and Python, unlike Android, which is mainly written in Java. Google is also going to use their new Flutter Framework to build apps.
It is still too early to see the differences and similarities between the two systems, however from the demo video that Google released, Fuchsia is very different to Android but it keeps the same look and feel.

Learn more and contribute to Fuchsia OS

Official Git Repository - https://github.com/fuchsia-mirror

Experience Fuchsia OS on your android phone -

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Inside this below given APK is a sort of preview for a launcher. While the final build will be a full-fledged operating system, this file is meant to take advantage of its small size and act as a demonstration. The demonstration shows the first Alpha look at what Google’s next OS will be – codename Armadillo, codename Fuchsia. As discussed briefly yesterday, Fuchsia is the codename for the OS, while Armadillo is essentially the 1.0 name, not unlike Google’s dessert names for Android releases.

Download Armadillo Fuchsia Experience APK from The Tech Show Downloads (Google Drive Link) -

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