9to5Google news, Google started to push Fuchsia OS to the first-generation Google Nest Hub.
In 2016, some media reported a mysterious source code on GitHub, showing that Google is developing a new operating system called "Fuchsia". Unlike its own Chrome OS and Android, Fuchsia is based on a new kernel developed by Google-Zircon. At the beginning of the design, Google wanted to make Fuchsia a system that can adapt to multiple devices, including smart phones, computers, and other embedded devices.
▲Image from: Fuchsia OS Chinese Community
In 2017, Fuchsia updated a system UI and runs on top of Android. From the picture, Fuchsia implements Material Design very thoroughly.
The main screen of Fuchsia is basically a huge scrolling list. On this scrolling list, Fuchsia places the date, city, and remaining battery information in the center of the screen in the form of cards. Users can slide this list to view other cards.
From the perspective of the entire operating logic, Google Assistant seems to have been integrated into every corner of Fuchsia, it will display all the information that may be useful to the user on the screen. Compared with Android, the Google Assistant in Fuchsia OS will be more proactive in providing users with rich information.
▲Picture from: digitaltrends
In 2019, there was news that Google planned to let Fuchsia run on smart speakers and other smart home devices within three years, and then transfer it to laptops and other devices .
Now it seems that it is true.
The first-generation Google Nest Hub that received Fuchsia's push this time is a smart speaker equipped with a 7-inch touch screen launched by Google in 2018. Its system is Linux-based Cast OS. After updating the Fuchsia system, its function has not changed.
This push is the biggest step Fuchsia has taken so far. This is Google's transformation of Fuchsia OS from an internal test to a more open external test. As early as this month, 9to5Google discovered that the first-generation Google Nest Hub running Fuchsia 1.0 has received new approval from the Bluetooth SIG, which means that more developers can participate in the Fuchsia test.
▲Google Nest Hub, picture from: Google
9to5Google said that the Google Nest Hub based on Fuchsia OS will be pushed in the next few months, and users who have already participated in the preview program will receive the update first. For ordinary consumers, this update may not be obvious to them, after all, there is no difference in operation from before.
But for Google, this is the first step for Fuchsia OS to mature. This update proves that Fuchsia has the ability to replace Cast OS on smart home devices. And smart home is just one of many directions Google is exploring, Fuchsia will never stop here.
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