Google’s long-running operating system Fuchsia has taken a step closer to running on real devices, as a Bluetooth list shows the Nest Hub running “Fuchsia 1.0.”
For years, we have tracked Fuchsia’s gradual progress, from an incredibly innovative operating system user interface to a more barebones experience focused on security and performance. All in all, Google has tested running Fuchsia on quite a few consumer devices such as Google Pixelbook, Nest Hub and Nest Hub Max. Recently, Fuchsia has tipped into the public spotlight by opening the project to public contributions and beginning its “release” cycle.
Tonight, Fuchsia has taken another step closer to being in the spotlight, as a new Google device has been listed with the Bluetooth Special Interest Group ̵
However, instead of running on the usual Cast platform, this Nest Hub has a “software version number” of “Fuchsia 1.0.” Given that Fuchsia’s release cycle is underway, this “1.0” may refer to the original “M1” release, or it may simply be a placeholder. For the “product site”, Google has included a link to Fuchsia’s Bluetooth documentation.
This is not the first time that Fuchsia has appeared on the Bluetooth SIG, with the operating system’s Bluetooth software stack codenamed “Sapphire” approved in the middle of last year. In fact, today’s listing of Nest Hub running Fuchsia includes a reference to the former Safir list.
Unfortunately, if you’re hoping to try Fuchsia on your own Nest Hub hardware, you’re still out of luck. Store units have security measures in place to prevent unsigned software from being installed. Unless Google releases an official version of Fuchsia for Nest Hub – which is an option, albeit a sleek one, your smart screen will only be able to run the Cast software it uses today.
Instead, Google might be more likely to make a limited run of Nest Hub hardware specifically modified for developers to both test Fuchsia OS and test their apps on real devices. Given that the Bluetooth list only appeared today, and given the overall speed at which Fuchsia has evolved so far, we probably would not see this kind of developer settings arrive in at least a few months, at all.
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