Huawei First to Test Fuchsia, the Next Google Operating System
For some time, we have talked about Fuchsia, the new operating system that Google is preparing. It is not yet known where to fit and who should replace, but there are already marks that start to want to test.
Ever since Google’s secretive Fuchsia operating system made its first presentation, we’ve hardly heard from it. The company has not confirmed or denied anything about the OS, something that has only amplified the rumor around its development to replace Android.
However, now, two years later, a new code update has discovered which mobile maker is behind the first Android smartphone that is being used as a testbed for Fuchsia. To the surprise of many, it is the Chinese leader Huawei, and the model in question is the Honor Play.
Within ‘Fuchsia Gerrit source code management,’ the platform where Google and other engineers and developers distribute their advances, tests and code changes, we have seen different updates without relevant content. So far, a Huawei engineer has unconfined an update that directly reveals that the company has been working to get the new operating system running on devices based on its Kirin 970 processor, starting with the Honor Play.
The confirmation note indicates that the Huawei engineer was able to boot the device in Zircon, the Fuchsia core, but does not refer to the other layers of the operating system. What we do know is that the list of devices that integrate the Kirin 970 chip currently includes ten models, so that very soon we could see new tests with Fuchsia in any of them.
Have you heard of Fuchsia operating system? It is an open source operating system developed without much fanfare by Google, and that can be the substitute for Android in smartphones. Note that this is not anything small – Android is already a brand of immense global fame and works on billions of mobile devices out there. And changing a team that is winning may not seem like a good idea.
What is claimed to be one of the reasons why Google wants to put Fuchsia to play in place of Android is the correction of some flaws of the popular operating system. One of them being, for example, the large fragmentation of versions among more than millions of devices that use Android.
Project Fuchsia (also called Fuchsia OS or Google Fuchsia) was discovered when Google started publishing code in its GitHub repository. In 2017, more details appeared, and the more OS appearance emerges for the first time, and days later it was confirmed that it was not based on popular Linux, but the Zircon microkernel developed by Google.
Last July, few more facts appeared that revealed that Fuchsia’s purpose would be to replace the popular Android in a five-year period completely. And Google is not only planning to replace Android, but also Chrome OS. Fuchsia would be the operating system for all kinds of devices.
However, everything that involves Fuchsia is still anxious with doubts and mysteries, since Google remains very inconspicuous on the subject. Although a reality where the operating system normally seems to be far away, a record made on the OS open source management site showed that it gained compatibility with the Huawei Kirin 970 processor.
Considering the relationship that links Huawei with Google for some time, this disclosure would not have surprised anyone but because the situation of the Chinese manufacturer is so delicate in the United States that many of those devices (including the Honor Play) are not available there.
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