Google Offers Peek at New Fuchsia Operating System

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Google has been quietly working on a new operating system called Fuchsia OS, that replaces the Linux kernel used in Android with one called Magenta.

Check out Ars Technica's screenshots of Fuchsia to get a look at Google's new OS. The whole UI sticks closely to Google's Material Design conventions, and makes use of Google's own Escher graphics rendering convention to do so. The home screen, which scrolls vertically to display its content, includes a profile picture in the center with the date, a city name, and a battery icon. Here is everything about the mysterious new OS by Google. The system itself, and apps for it, are developed on Flutter, which can also develop Android and iOS apps.

As seen in this screenshot from Ars Technica, more apps can piled on up to the point where the software just crashes - interestingly, a four-app split resulted in two stories each taking up three-eighths the screen with the remain two sharing the rest of the real estate. Android apps written in Flutter could potentially run on Fuchsia, which would aid the transition considerably.

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Armadillo (which has a logo that was definitely drawn by an engineer and not an artist) takes a completely different approach to the home screen than what we see on Android today.

First and foremost, for those not familiar, Fuchsia is Google's attempt at essentially dumping the Linux kernel and creating its very own in-house solution.

But the fact that Google is touting Fuchsia as both a smartphone and PC operating systems, suggests that Google could be exploring a "combination" operating system that can run on multiple platforms. It appears that Google definitely is, and it may be pinning its future on Fuchsia.

The Fuchsia UI starts with a round profile picture that, when tapped, will show controls for sound and brightness, toggles for Airplane Mode, Do Not Disturb, and rotation lock, as well as info like your Wi-Fi and mobile networks. At least when compared to what we're seeing here, Android and Chrome OS look more cluttered and busy when set beside Fuchsia. If we want to get down into the guts, that is to say. Its Android-like home screen features empty spaces for widgets, whereas other screenshots display a Chrome-like tabbed interface that would allow users to toggle back and forth between apps easily. Needless to say, you are now able to keep adding apps to the split screen view until the whole thing crashes, so it might need some reigning in.