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New Fuchsia OS Launched by Google

Google’s Fuchsia OS is starting to roll out on its first consumer device, the first-generation Nest Hub. Google’s work on this operating system first emerged in 2016, and the open-source operating system is notable for not being based on a Linux kernel, instead of using a microkernel called Zircon.

Petr Hosek, Google technical lead on the Fuchsia OS project tweeted that the company doesn’t ship a new operating system every day, but today is that day.While the rollout on the Nest Hub begins today, the whole release process will take several months. The operating system will come to users in the Preview Program first, before slowly releasing it more broadly. The operating system has been tested on the Nest Hub, and earlier this month more evidence for a release emerged thanks to a Bluetooth SIG listing that showed the Nest Hub running Fuchsia 1.0.

Although the Nest Hub will trade its current Cast OS for Fuchsia OS, notes that the experience is likely to be almost identical, and most users are unlikely to even notice the switch. All of this raises the question of what exactly this new operating system is meant to achieve. Google calls it a production-grade operating system that is secure, updatable, inclusive, and pragmatic. We know that the OS could eventually power laptops and smartphones, but Fuchsia is not meant to be a one-for-one replacement of Android or Chrome OS.

Hiroshi Lockheimer, chief of Android and Chrome said that fushia is pushing the state of the art in terms of operating systems and things that we learn from Fuchsia that can incorporate into other products. Google’s smart display is to be the last device or even form-factor to receive an update to the OS.

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