Google PixelBook is now being used to test the mysterious Fuchsia OS

Google PixelBook is now being used to test the mysterious Fuchsia OS

The last time we looked at Fuchsia, the system UI was able to be packaged up as an APK and run on top of an Android phone. As of May of past year, Android counted more than 2 billion monthly active users across smartphones, tablets, and other devices.

Of course, no platform stays on top forever.

We've been talking on and off about Fuchsia, Google's new (ish) operating system that it's been working on for quite a bit of time now. If the Fuchsia OS is actually the successor to the Andromeda, then laptops and PC market is Google's next targeted market.

Although Google has been testing it for a while now, it has not detailed anything about it so far.

Hopefully Google reveals more regarding its plans for Fuchsia in the future.

To rewind for a moment, Fuchsia is a brand new mobile operating system that is being built from the ground up.

As for whether Google will stick with Fuchsia, nobody knows: the company might decide that the combination of Chrome OS with Android apps, just like on the Pixelbook now, is enough for users in the future.

For now, Fuchsia is a wait-and-see project. Unfortunately, the Andromeda project never kicked off for unknown reasons.

Fuchsia is open source allowing anyone to work on and improve it. Like lots of early-stage projects, it's gonna probably pivot and morph.

KitGuru Says: Fuchsia might be open source, but it sounds like it is going to be a while before Google begins talking about it publicly. This is according to the platform's documentation in which a new page about installing Fuchsia on the Pixelbook was added. In any case there's no telling on when Google might share details about the platform, but Google I/O 2018 is taking place later this year so perhaps this is the year Google could finally announce something. The high-end Chromebook sports Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors, which means that its target build will correspond closely with development builds of Fuchsia OS for the Acer Switch Alpha 12, a Windows laptop that has served as a test device internally. If Fuchsia survives the development process and follows a similar path, you can expect it to become a product sometime around 2020.



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