Fuchsia, Google’s new operating system that mixes Android and Chrome OS, came out in August last year, although it was based in a command line interface with no graphics. Now, thanks to the publication of Ars Technica we have been able to know a little more and see its interface –“Armadillo”- in a pilot version with a long road ahead.
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“Armadillo” looks very different to Android but it maintains the essence of Material Design. The most remarkable thing is that it is built in the Google’s Flutter SDK, which is used to create a cross-platform code. Armadillo will use eye-catching colors and cards similar to those presented by the current Android multitasking, while below is a list of “Google Now” suggestions. System functions are still very limited as you can see in the following video.
Fuchsia is a mobile operating system that does not depend on the Linux kernel, that is, it will allow you to act more freely and control all aspects of your platform. It is based on a new microkernel called “Magenta” a rival of commercial OSs for embedded systems, such as FreeRTOS and ThreadX. It is distributed as a free and open source software.
It is oriented to both mobile and peripheral devices and specially adapted for use in IoT, but for the moment Google has not commented on it. “The important thing is that this could be Google’s bid to supply the OS that runs Internet of Things-type systems,” said Dan Olds, an analyst with OrionX, a technology analyst firm.
We will have to wait a bit to see if Fuchsia is going to be Google’s new bet for IoT devices that need a Real Time Operating System (RTOS) and see where Android Things is placed. Android Things is the platform that Google presented months ago for the Internet of Things, which seems to be targeted for more powerful devices capable of running a non-Real Time OS.
Something will come soon, with Google I / O just around the corner.
Article written by Ana Rosa González, User Experience Manager at Barbara IoT.