Google likes to tinker and create, even while it continues to develop consumer-ready things like Android. And now we’ve got a brief look at what one of those in-development things.
Ars Technica has a report that gives us a first, albeit brief look at what Google is working on. It’s called Fuchsia OS and it’s apparently meant for smartphones, but anything beyond that remains a mystery. Specifically, where Fuchsia OS lies in the mix of things in relation to Android and Chrome OS. Still, whatever Fuchsia OS is, we’re getting an early glimpse at it.
For what it’s worth, Fuchsia OS isn’t built on Linux like Android is, but rather with Google’s own microkernel called “Magenta.” In Google’s own words, Magenta is designed for “modern phones and modern personal computers with fast processors, non-trivial amounts of RAM with arbitrary peripherals doing open-ended computation.”
Fuchsia OS isn’t ready for primetime at all, but the user interface is being called Armadillo and that’s what we’re looking at here with this report. Google seems to be sticking with the card-based experience, which we can see in action by way of a video uploaded by Hotfix.
There’s a circular profile picture that when it’s tapped, a drop-down card will show control options for Do Not Disturb, Rotation Lock, Airplane Mode, and details regarding the connected Wi-Fi network, screen brightness and other options.
Cards can be long-pressed and moved around the display. And selecting the recent apps card will launch in full-screen mode. The screen can be split into multiple apps, too, which should be an interesting multitasking function if it ever sees the light of day.
There’s certainly some Google design in Fuchsia OS, and it will be interesting to see what comes of it, if anything at all. Based on what you’re looking at here, what do you think of the new OS?