Smartphones running Android are an extremely mainstream sight in the current generation. However, Google has failed to achieve the same feat with the likes of Tablets and wearables. Laptops running Chrome OS have also been facing the same kind of problem. The reason? Google perfected a great OS for smartphones but failed to build a complete ecosystem around it. The story of Tizen on the other hand, is a bit opposite. Tizen has been doing well with devices like the Gear S2 (wearable), Samsung Televisions, Cameras and even Refrigerators but their smartphone game with Tizen is sadly a long way to go to meet consumer expectations.
Google’s code depository and GitHub have recently become a hot talking point after a chunk of code has been spotted bearing the name Fuchsia. Google has been generous to mention what the term means on the websites- Pink+Purple==Fuchsia. The development has raised a quite a lot of eyebrows as nobody apart from Google as of now knows exactly why the company are even working on a completely new Operating System from scratch. Another interesting fact is that the OS isn’t based on a Linux Kernel but is based on Magenta which is supposedly based on LittleKernel project developed by MIT.
Magenta is a medium sized microkernel that doesn’t require hefty hardware resources like Linux making it ideal for future projects in the field of IoT, wearables, Home Automation, Health, etc. But, according to Google’s documentation on the new OS, the software also “targets modern phones and modern personal computers”. This hints at a possible Android and Chrome OS merger in development with the Fuchsia project.
Fuchsia’s github page mentions Christopher Anderson and Brian Swetland as the main developers for the project. The OS is compatible with both 32 and 64 bits architecture of Intel and ARM chips. Swetland stated the OS has been booting well on an Acer Switch Alpha 12 laptop and Intel based NUCs. Travis Geiselbrecht, a Google developer who is also a part of the project stated that Fuchsia will soon be supported on Raspberry Pi 3 as well.
Judging by the development pace, it won’t be long until Google unfurls it with all the necessary details of Fuchsia. Samsung better be taking notes cuz this certainly sounds like a threat to Tizen.