This is Google Fuchsia OS preview [APK download for Android]

Posted May 10, 2017

Google is working on Fuchsia, an OS that isn't based on Linux like Android and Chrome OS, but rather is based on Google's own microkernel called "Magenta".

According to Ars Technica, Fuchsia developer Travis Geiselbrecht went on Fuchsia's IRC channel to reassure everyone that this OS "isn't a toy thing, it's not a 20% project, it's not a dumping ground of a dead thing that we don't care about anymore". Google's new OS also includes support for graphics rendering, indicating that Fuchsia is meant for more than embedded systems.

The home screen is basically just a vertically scrolling lost of cards - there's a central card with a profile picture, date, city name and a battery icon.

All of this was right under our noses, of course, as Google has been updating gerrits for Fuchsia all this time.

The discovery was made by Hotflix.net with additional reporting from ArsTechnica and suggests Google is much further along with it's plans than previously thought. Luckily for us, the folks over at Hotfixit were able to piece together Fuchsia and Armadillo to come up with a functioning piece of software that runs as an Android app (thanks to its Flutter roots).

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. On the Android Beta Program page, Google says, "The beta for Android Nougat has concluded, and all devices that were opted in have been updated to the current public version".

Bradley has also allowed users to download an APK of Armadillo, so people can get a taste of Fuchsia for themselves.

Apps and the interface for the OS are written using the Flutter SDK, a project that produces cross-platform code that runs on iOS and Android. If you tap on the Google Now at the bottom of the screen, a custom-made Fuchsia keyboard will pop up. It is a place for your recent apps with the ability to act as a double launcher too - like a Desktop OS you can combine more than two apps in a split-screen mode. Both the latter operating systems are based on Linux, but Fuchsia employs a new custom-built kernel called Magenta.

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When apps are opened, they appear to "hover" over the underlying operating system.