Phones Google’s “Fuchsia” NEW smartphone OS

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  1. Tig Bitties macrumors 68040

    Tig Bitties

    Sep 6, 2012

    Google, never one to compete in a market with a single product, is apparently hard at work on a third operating system after Android and Chrome OS. This one is an open source, real-time OS called "Fuchsia." The OS first popped up in August last year, but back then it was just a command line. Now the mysterious project has a crazy new UI we can look at, so let's dive in.

    A long road ahead
    With any new project at Google, it's hard to know what the scale of the project will be. Is this a "20 percent" project that will be forgotten about in a year or something more important? Luckily, we have a direct statement from a Fuchsia developer on the matter. In the public Fuchsia IRC channel, Fuchsia developer Travis Geiselbrecht told the chat room the OS "isn't a toy thing, it's not a 20% project, it's not a dumping ground of a dead thing that we don't care about anymore."
  2. mi7chy macrumors 603


    Oct 24, 2014
    Reads more like a prank beginning with the name Fuchsia (look it up on urban dictionary).
  3. nviz22 macrumors 603


    Jun 24, 2013
    Hard to tell if Google is working on Fuchsia as its future OS or if "Andromeda" will link Chrome + Android together?
  4. v0lume4 macrumors 68000


    Jul 28, 2012
    Perhaps the long term plan for this OS will be to replace Android?

    From the article:
    Fuchsia really seems like a project that asks "how would we design Android today, if we could start over?" It's a brand-new, Google-developed kernel running a brand-new, Google-developed SDK that uses a brand-new, Google-developed programming language and it's all geared to run Google's Material Design interface as quickly as possible. Google gets to dump Linux and the GPL, it can dump Java and the problems it caused with Oracle, and Google can basically insulate itself from all of Android's upstream projects and bring all the development in-house.

    I'll keep an eye on this -- thank you for the post. :)
  5. Tig Bitties thread starter macrumors 68040

    Tig Bitties

    Sep 6, 2012
    I could totally see this eventually becoming the new Android like by Q or R release. And start off first on the Pixel 4 phone in 2019
  6. v0lume4 macrumors 68000


    Jul 28, 2012
    Question is, how do they transfer over the ecosystem that they've already built with Android? All the apps on the play store, all of the third party support, etc. Emulating? Obviously the long term goal would be to get native apps. I'm not a programmer so I'm not sure how drastic of a change a new OS would be for devs -- new SDK's, API's, and all that.
  7. unlinked macrumors 6502a

    Jul 12, 2010
    When I read that article my first thought was "so many projects for Google to abandon at a moments notice".
  8. M5RahuL macrumors 68030


    Aug 1, 2009
  9. Michael Goff Suspended

    Michael Goff

    Jul 5, 2012
    They could make an entirely new OS but still have it natively run .apk files. I'd imagine the point would be to fix the update problem somehow.
  10. Tinmania macrumors 68040


    Aug 8, 2011
    Same here. Android TV dieing on the vine (or not depending on the next supposed update--but who knows), Android Wear's lack of love, the messaging platform of the week.... ugh.

    Just recently I got Assistant forced on me, and it was already on my watch. No longer can I add items to my Grocery, Home, etc., lists in Google Keep. Keep has been fired from that task and replaced by the brand new "Google Assistant Shopping List." And that is the only list you get--talk about a step backwards. AND this is due to Google's new Express shopping service, so you can presumably order items from your shopping list from Google. Double ugh.

  11. tbayrgs, May 10, 2017
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    tbayrgs macrumors 603


    Jul 5, 2009
    I hear ya. As silly as it may sound to some, this very specific functionality on its own is one of the key reasons why I can't switch back. I tell Siri to add XYZ to whatever list I have in Reminders via my Apple Watch all day long. My preferred grocery list app is iOS only and automatically imports items from my Grocery List in reminders so with simple voice commands, I manage a few different lists that are shared to both my wife and I. Using Keep was a passable replacement on Android but when Google made this change in Assistant recently, pretty much sealed the deal on me not switching to Android anytime soon. :(

    I do love my Shield TV though so Google better not let yet another TV platform die a neglected death.
  12. JaySoul macrumors 68030


    Jan 30, 2008
    I think it's probably a good shout for them to develop a back up plan to Android.

    Even if it never comes out or dies in 2 years behind closed doors, I'm sure they would learn some valuable lessons which could in turn be incorporated into Andromeda or Android etc.
  13. Michael Goff Suspended

    Michael Goff

    Jul 5, 2012
    Just imagine it. We've had the modern Smartphone OS for the past ten years and this could turn into a summary of everything a mobile OS should be. Or maybe not.

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