Google's Fuchsia operating system gets a UI - is this Android's replacement?

Francis Harris
May 10, 2017

Slated to replace Android in the future, Fuchsia OS has seen developments and now comes with a completely new user interface. Rumors regarding its developmenthave been doing the rounds since August 2016. Now that Chrome OS and Android have become the mainstream preferences, the third OS that will probably make its appearance to users sometimes soon, is Fuchsia, which, like Android, is a mobile operating system as well.

In recent findings, Hotfix discovered a UI preview for Fuchsia that is called Armadillo, hence the image above and the reason we're talking about it today.

What is the Fuchsia OS and when is it coming? The OS will reportedly ditch the Linux kernel for a brand new system. Google still hasn't explained what it's up to with Fuchsia, but the project has continued to develop to the point that it has a new and fascinating interface. Ars Technica reports that the OS is still too nascent to be ready for operation just yet.

"The OS is licensed under a mix of BSD 3 clause, MIT, and Apache 2.0". It's called "Fuchsia", and the new OS is meant to be a smartphone and tablet OS. However, it is likely that more details will be revealed in the near term.

It also has a Vulkan-based graphics renderer called "Escher" that lists "Volumetric soft shadows" as one of its features, which seems custom-built to run Google's shadow-heavy "Material Design" interface guidelines. There is also a basic keyboard, a home button, and a rudimental window manager. It has been working on tailoring the UI.

Android has always been very adept at multitasking and if these glimpses of Fuchsia actually pan out, you can expect an even more powerful approach to running multiple apps simultaneously.

The new screenshots show a vertically-scrolling interface laden with app-based cards, known as stories, which can be placed anywhere on a smartphone or tablet touchscreen. Many more such features would also likely make their way into the final OS. Next week, the software giant is expected to host its annual Google I/O developers conference in San Francisco where it could talk more about the project.

Redesigning its mobile platform while dumping Linux, Java, and all the associated problems while keeping the OS open will basically give Google the best of all worlds.

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