It was known that Google was working on an operating system called “Fuchsia” for a while. Unlike Linux-based Android and Chrome OS, Fuchsia is working on a new kernel called “Magenta” developed by the American company.
Apparently, Fuchsia seems to have gone a long way in comparison to the command line interface it had when it was first seen in August last year. Since then, Google has added a user interface with a card-based design to the new operating system. With Ars Technica’s photo gallery and a separate video, we are witnessing the progress with our own eyes.
First, according to images and information detected by Kyle Bradshaw in Hotfix, the user interface has the name Armadillo and it is the default user interface system for Fuchsia. Armadillo and possibly other forthcoming Fuchsia applications are based on Google’s Flutter SDK developer toolkit. This SDK is used to build cross-platform supported code that will work on different operating systems like Android, iOS and Fuchsia. This means that it is possible to compile a code written for Armadillo and run it on an Android device, which allows Google to see what the future operating system will look like.
As seen in Bradshaw’s videos and Ars Technica’s compiled version of Armadillo, Fuchsia is a smartphone and tablet-oriented operating system. Developed in a large-scale card-based system framework, this operating system allows you to manage different applications. Armadillo makes it possible to drag different cards around, so that they can be used in a split screen or a tabbed interface. It also includes some Google Now-style advice.
At this point, the plans for what Google will do with Fuchsia are not clear. Is this an operating system designed from the ground up to take the place of Android and Chrome OS? Or is it a third software platform that will live next to Google’s existing mobile and desktop products? Or is it an experimental environment where new user interfaces and development ideas are tested and never presented to end users? It is too early to answer this question. However, there are very few Google I / O’s and maybe it’s possible to see something about Fuchsia in action.