Fuchsia: Google’s mysterious new operating system looks completely different than Android

Details about Google’s new mystery operating system, Fuchsia, appeared on Ars Technica on Tuesday, which gives us a better idea of what Fuchsia is for.

Based on Ars Technica’s findings, Fuchsia is designed to work on “modern phones and modern personal computers with fast processors” with “non-trivial amounts of RAM.” That seems like an odd move on Google’s part, as Android runs perfectly well on budget devices with lesser specs. It’s usually third-party apps that require speedy components to perform at their best.

We’ve seen before that Fuchsia is built completely from the ground up, and is based on Google’s own “Magenta” kernel instead of the pre-existing Linux kernel that Android is based on. A kernel is the core of an OS where the basic functions are built from. Kernels are like an empty house (Linux) where the tenant (Google) can furnish from the ground up to work, look, and feel the way it wants. By building its very own kernel, Google has more control over what its OS can do.

Check below for screenshots of Fuchsia to get a look at Google’s new OS. In the meantime, I’ve compiled a few screenshots from YouTuber Kyle Bradshaw, who uploaded a video showing Fuchsia running on a mobile device on May 3:

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