Until recently, we knew very little about Google's Fuchsia OS. First appearing on GitHub back in 2016 without official announcement, theories quickly jumped about what it could be. Some touted it as a replacement for Android, others as a replacement for Chrome OS. The reality was that no one knew exactly what it was. Reading the code suggested on an operating system that was intended to run on multiple platforms, and actually senior vice president of Android and Chrome Hiroshi Lockheimer confirmed that this was the case with Google I / O 2019.
In an interview with Verge Lockheimer said that while the operating system was purely experimental, it was about "pushing state of the art with regard to operating systems." While it relieved to finally see Google commenting on the project in an official capacity, Lockheimer's interview did not really reveal a horrible mass. Now, however, there is a little more information through.
A new site has sprung up, fuchsia.dev, which seems to be where we get our Fuchsia news in the foreseeable future. Very barebones, the site contains little more than what was previously available on the Fuchsia GitHub page. The landing page touts the site as "Documentation for development for the open source operating system."
Google's choice of wording is interesting. Citing Fuchsia as implies open source operating system that it can replace Android and Chrome OS sometime in the future, although I might read between the lines a little too much. The "Source Documentation" page contains the documentation previously seen on GitHub, but with some added features.
Previously, we were limited to running Fuchsia on Android Studio Emulator using a selected number of builds, and even since the OS lacked any major functionality. Now, Google provides official instructions for building and operating Fuchsia. In addition, there is even an error reporting feature included on the site.
At the time of writing, only selected hardware is officially supported by Fuchsia. Acer Switch Alpha 12, select generations of Intel NUC, and of course Google Pixelbook. While Fuchsia is still somewhat inaccessible and nuanced, this site may set up Google to place greater emphasis on Fuchsia.
Source: Fuchsia.dev | Via: Android Police
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