Google is the company behind two of the most well-known and popular operating systems (OS), Chrome OS and — more notably — Android. However, it’s kind of an open secret at this point that the search giant has actively been working on a third OS, which goes by the name of “Fuchsia.”
Google acknowledged the existence of Fuchsia last year, when Android VP of engineering Dave Burke called it an “early-stage experimental project.” What’s giving it the status of OS is its recent development, which allowed some people to run the code on Google’s own Pixelbook and launch a working system.
IT worker Mitch Blevins opened up a YouTube channel last week and has uploaded a series of videos in which he shows some of the features of Fuchsia.
And on Thursday, ArsTechnica’s Ron Amadeo also managed to do the same, and we now have some clear images that give us a flavour of what Fuchsia might end up being if Google ever brings it to actual devices.
The main thing that differentiates Fuchsia from Chrome OS and Android is its core, which is not based on Linux but rather on a new kernel called “Zircon.” What this means is that Fuchsia has been developed as a system intended to work on a multitude of platforms, not just phones or laptops.
Here’s how it looks:
When the OS first boots up, you are greeted with a familiar, Android-looking lock screen.
There are three buttons at the bottom right, which can be either clicked or tapped (both the trackpad and the touchscreen work), and Fuchsia’s symbol at the top left.
The clock at the center is very reminiscent of Android, too.
If you try to log in, Google will run you through its usual procedure, but the last screen remains blank.