Now you can try Google Fuchsia OS on your mobile

Ken Copeland
May 10, 2017

The much anticipated Operating System (OS) that Google has been working on for a while, Fuchsia now has a brand new User Interface (UI) of its own.

Unlike Chrome OS and Android, Google's new Fuchsia OS is not based on Linux.

Google recently updated its GitHub page for Fuchsia, adding to it the Armadillo user interface.

Speaking of settings, a quick settings-like UI can be revealed when you tap on the profile picture, giving access to connectivity indicators, sliders for volume and brightness, as well as toggles for airplane mode, do not disturb, and auto-rotate.

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While a timeline for Fuchsia remains unclear, the OS would be an entirely Google-built product free of Android's dependencies on Linux and the legal problems Java has presented Google. "The beta for Android Nougat has concluded, and all devices that were opted in have been updated to the current public version", Google said in an update to the Android beta website.

Armadillo allows cards to be dragged around used in a multi-screen format. Such changes will also make it easier for developers to make apps that have the least effect on the user's phone and battery.

While it seems a bit unlikely, we might get to know more about Fuchsia during Google I/O which is just around the corner. The whole UI sticks closely to Google's Material Design conventions, and makes use of Google's own Escher graphics rendering convention to do so. There's a new keyboard, too, which has a new dark theme, but it doesn't really work properly right now. The report also talks about a text-copy feature built by Google which can be expected in the new Android.

So where might we see Fuchsia pop up? Tapping and dragging the various cards on top of each other brings up split screen view where you can resize and arrange the apps to your liking. Luckily for us, the folks over at Hotfixit were able to piece together Fuchsia and Armadillo to come up with a functioning piece of software that runs as an Android app (thanks to its Flutter roots). Apps developed with Flutter are written using the Dart programming language, a proprietary version of the JavaScript language that Google has developed to help create high-performance mobile apps. That picture is of a living interface for the OS project that first appeared back in August of previous year.

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