Google has been developing a mysterious operating system called Fuchsia OS for years. The firm has never hidden its existence, but it remains very unclear today with regard to the purpose of the project.
Anyway, development of Fuchsia OS is on track and this year Google even started deploying this operating system on a commercial product. Indeed, a few months back, the company replaced the existing OS that powered its first-generation Nest Hub screens with Fuchsia.
However, note that if the operating system has been changed, nothing has changed in terms of functionality and user interface. But apparently, this was only a beginning.
And today we know that Google is ready to take the next step by using this OS on other products. This is reflected in the job offers published by the company and relayed by our colleagues at 9to5Google.
One of these proposals, for the position of “Staff Software Engineer, Fuchsia Devices”, reflects the success of deploying Fuchsia on connected screens, as well as Google’s future projects for this OS. “In 2021, as we brought Fuchsia to millions of Google smart displays, it’s time to expand to other smart devices and other form factors.” », can we read on the ad.
“While Fuchsia’s initial uses are smart displays, we are working on expanding to additional form factors and use cases. The Fuchsia Devices team is responsible for ensuring that we can successfully apply the Fuchsia Platform to real-world products that make a difference for Google and our users.”, also indicates this spacing.
Google’s plans clear
In addition, another job posting suggests that the “Fuchsia Device” team may be working on an entirely new product category. A paragraph on this job posting states that “Chromecast, video conferencing, and machine learning are staples of many upcoming smart products.”
According to 9to5Google, the reference to Chromecast does not imply that Google intends to produce dongles that work under Fuchsia OS, but rather that future products should be compatible with Google Cast technology (which allows content to be cast from a smartphone to a screen). allows).
Finally, another job posting suggests that Google may not reserve this operating system for its own products, and may not offer it for products from other brands.
In short, we still don’t know what types of fuchsia products will be used (besides connected displays). But in any case, these job postings clearly show that Google is ready for something big. And the fact that there’s now a “Fuchsia Device” team is also an indication of how important this operating system is to the Google ecosystem.
As a reminder, unlike Android, Fuchsia OS is not based on the Linux kernel.
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