Tech News: Google launches its third major operating system, Fuchsia.
Google is officially launching a new operating system called Fuchsia for consumers. The release is a bit hard to believe at the moment, but Google confirmed the news to 9to5Google and several Fuchsia team members confirmed it on Twitter. The official launch date was apparently yesterday. Fuchsia is definitely getting a quiet, anti-climate version, as it will only be available for one device, the Google Home Hub, aka the first-generation Nest Hub. There are no changes to the UI or Home Hub functionality, but Fuchsia is here. Apparently, Google just wants to test the operating system in a consumer environment.
Fuchsia’s only launch device was originally called the Google Home Hub and is a 7-inch smart display that responds to Google Assistant commands. It came out in 2018. The device was renamed the “Nest Hub” in 2019 and it’s only this 1st gen device, not the 2nd gen Nest Hub or Nest Hub Max, that gets Fuchsia. The Home Hub operating system has always been an oddity. When the device was released, Google was offering partners a hardware ecosystem for smart displays based on Android Things, a now defunct Internet-of-things / kiosk operating system. Instead of following the recommendations of the hardware partners, Google loaded the Home Hub with its own Google Cast platform and then cut the price of all of its partners.
Taking over the Nest Hub is one thing – no other Google team really has a vested interest in the Google Cast OS (one could actually argue that the Cast OS is about to come out, as the latest Chromecast is moving to Android). Moving the operating system to smartphones and laptops is a completely different thing, since the Fuchsia team would crash into the Android and Chrome OS divisions. You are now getting into politics.