Google spent the last few years developing, investing in, and perfecting two primary operating systems. Chrome OS and Android run on billions of devices across the world and their popularity is rapidly spreading. Discovered in 2016, Google is officially creating a third operating system, Fuchsia.
Fuchsia is a real-time operating system (RTOS), meaning it is designed to process data quickly without buffer delays, resulting in low-latency, event or time driven powerful task completion. Such an operating system could fix many of the Android problems, including fragmentation. Fuchsia is both created by Google on its own Zircon microkernel and has been allocated ample resources, according to Googler Travis Geiselbrecht. The OS is open-source, so developers can code, test, and grow the new platform. Pocket-lint predicts Fuchsia will be compatible with WiFi-connected devices, making it ideal for expanding Google’s integration in the Internet of Things. Commentators on Hacker News predict the new system could be used for augmented reality. At the moment, the possibilities are endless.
Fuchsia is available for installation on Google’s recent laptop computer, the Pixelbook. Also supported are the Intel NUC and Acer Switch Alpha 12 series Windows devices, according to GitHub. Installation and subsequent booting of Fuchsia requires an external USB drive. Note that while Fuchsia is available for installation, the OS is still in its infancy stage. An early preview from 9to5Google can be viewed here.