Google's Fuchsia OS seems to be the next OS after Android comes to an end.

Whilst Android still has a lot of life left in it, there will soon come a day when it will either need a complete revamp or a replacement, the latter of the two being exactly what appears to be in the works. Code-named "Fuchsia", Google's latest operating system could bring a replacement for the much adored Android OS. However, as Android has such a lengthy time left in its life, we may see Fuchsia release alongside the current dominant OS to gain popularity before a potential switch.

All this being said, the look of the new OS has only just been publicised, with pictures of Fuchsia being shown off. The OS itself orients the whole user experience around a simple central scrolling screen, with different applications and information all accessible from different cards displayed in a scrolling manner. For now, these cards are named "stories" in the build currently displayed, and can be opened simply by tapping the relevant story. At the bottom we also see something similar to the Google Now interface, with suggestions and recommendations for Google searches or applications. Also interesting to see is the use of the "split-screen" mode, where each story can be dragged alongside one another to form two or more smaller application windows, much like we have now but without any restrictions to width, height or quantity.

Underneath all the pretty visuals comes the actual core of the operating system, which interestingly enough is completely different from its predecessor. It doesn't use Linux or GPL like Android and Chrome OS do, but instead uses Google's Flutter SDK, making Fuchsia mostly an in-house programming job. The idea is to ditch Java and basic mobile device coding in favour of one that Google can keep up-to-date easily and one that is in their control instead of other developers'.

Whilst nothing can be confirmed, the video of the Fuchsia preview (shown here) does suggest that the Fuchsia OS could have many different purposes, from mobile devices to smart home devices, as the adaptation and ease-of-use of the OS would make it very suitable as an all-round OS. For now though, the development of Fuchsia is a long way off and focus needs to be kept on iOS and Android, but be prepared for Fuchsia's release a few years into the future.

Last modified on Friday, 19 May 2017
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Jayme Leigh

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