Operating system – Google validates an alternative to Android


The brand’s multimedia screens are now running with the new Fuchsia OS.

The older generation of Nest Hub devices is the first to the new Fuchsia OS.


The American firm deployed the Fuchsia OS on Tuesday on its first Nest Hub devices, the old version of the terminal. The event is not trivial, as stated by Petr Hosek. “You don’t roll out a new operating system every day, but it’s that day,” the Google chief tweeted yesterday. Connected display customers shouldn’t even notice the difference to the current Android-based version, however, according to 9to5Google.

“You don’t deploy a new operating system every day, but it is that day”

Google CEO Petr Hosek.

This new operating system should however offer increased security and confidentiality. Google also intends to want to use it to replace Android on a whole range of devices. The Fuchsia OS is tested on computers, tablets, smartphones and other devices without a display. It would run all existing Android apps. It could also be used by Google to control the versions of software installed on devices, without having to go through the various manufacturers, such as Apple and its iOS.

Samsung in the ranks

Google says, however, that its new OS is not intended to replace its Android version on mobiles, nor Chrome OS on its entry-level PCs. Known since 2016, the Fuchsia OS is not based on a Linux kernel like Android and Chrome OS, but on a system kernel called Zircon. According to leaks at Samsung, the South Korean giant is in line to integrate it after the failure of Tizen, its multiplatform OS.