Rumors first leaked about Google’s Zircon microkernel capability-based operating system on GitHub in the August of 2016 but the company didn’t take any official ownership of the project. Only in January of this year did Google substantiate the claims through a release of a guide featuring how to run the Fuchsia operating system on Pixelbooks. Now it seems that Android and Chrome OS may soon be replaced by Google’s Fuchsia operating system that holds the potential to unite all of its devices under a single operating system umbrella and is seeing increasing investment and capital put into its eager development.
Pieces of code that were released by Google show that the operating system is written in a combination of programming languages including C, C++, Dart, Go, LLVM, Python, Rust, Shell, Swift, and TypeScript. The operating system is expected to run on the ARM64 and x86-64 platforms, and due to its diversity and adaptability in framework, it is considered to be a revolutionary forth coming system that can run on any device ranging from the tiniest of chips to the largest of PC computers. Google’s Fuchsia is currently being distributed as a free opensource software under licenses from Apache 2.0, MIT, and BSD 3 Clause, so users can get their hands on it to test it out. Fuchsia’s applications and user interface are written in Flutter which allows for app development to be cross-platform across the operating system itself, Google’s long-standing Android, and Apple’s iOS. This feature stands true despite the fact that Fuchsia is based upon the Microkernel Zircon as to where Android and Chrome OS are based upon the Linux Kernel. Attributed to this cross-platform nature of the way Flutter programs, Android devices are able to install parts of Fuchsia and run them successfully.
As Google heavily invests itself in moving towards the research and development of artificial intelligence, Fuchsia shows itself, in the grander scheme of things, as the application that will be able to unite all of Google’s Android, Chrome OS, and other smart devices that have in-built internet chips or sensors. This seems like the next logical investment for Google but as its Android is heavily invested in the tech industry with billions of dollars worth of stakes, millions of devices supported, and countless hardware firms partnered, it is not surprising that the official go-ahead for the development and implementation of the operating system has not been signed off yet. We can be certain though that Google may do so soon as the tech giant appears to be working heavily on the product, working on front layer features like voice commands for Youtube this early on as well. Google’s Material Design genius, Matias Duarte is also involved in the project hands on along with hundreds of other Google engineers and technology specialists.
Google continues to leak pieces of code out, however, to let individual developers have a knack at improving bits of them or coming up with solutions that Google can take back into the development of the final product. It seems that Google intends for this operating system to be far better receptive of voice commands in addition to being the system that unites all of Google’s devices. Google has remained ambiguous about the nature of this project, labeling it an “opensource experiment” publicly, but business analysts are enthused as this project seems to be the greatest stepping stone for Google in outdoing Apple which has long been appreciated for the unity of the system underlying its products. With Google’s other perks that outshine its rivals, this could turn Google into the central element of all things technology, facilitating its grander objective of the advancement of artificial intelligence integrated in all of its devices.