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Google Fuchsia: test this future OS in your browser

Everyone knows that Google works on many projects that overlap with each other. Even if Android and Chrome OS are fighting to attract you to mobile devices and desktops, we could see a little new emerging. Nicknamed “Andromeda” in the course of last year, the latter was presented as the OS that would be the merger of the two existing OS. Now, the third OS supposed to be launched under the name “Fuchsia” (at least its code name) already has a number of lines of code and assets available to developers. But if you’re a simple end user, you can use this web-based third party demo to see what it’s all about.

The first rumors surrounding the Andromeda OS were born from the desire to have a single “Google OS” instead of two. However, such an ambition would imply that the latter would incorporate the multi-year liability on both platforms. It would be good for continuity, terrible for maintenance and future development.

On the other hand,  Fuchsia is a new image-based OS designed from the ground up . It even uses an entirely new core developed internally, instead of the Linux kernel used by Android and Chrome OS. It also starts from scratch with regard to the user interface, which this demo tries to show in the browser.

The user interface for Fuchsia OS is not really a secret, but so far, it has mostly been revealed by portions of code and nothing more, but the most passionate can try to install it. This demo , which can be run on any browser, desktop or mobile, gives the curious a chance to see what Google will provide us in the future. 

A future operating system focused on research

This demo can display the time and percentage of your device’s battery (if any), as well as your location (if you allow it). The interface then displays what will probably be Fuchsia’s main home screen.

Après vous être connecté à la démo avec un compte « Guest », vous remarquerez une barre de recherche persistante pour demander quoi que ce soit à Google. En dessous, il y aura des cartes Google (probablement personnalisables) pour les e-mails, les recettes (pour le moment) et des informations sur les cartes, comme les temps de trajet. Les applications semblent être susceptibles d’être épinglées sur l’écran d’accueil, mais sinon Google semble apporter l’influence de Chrome OS dans l’image. Le produit final, s’il est encore connu sous le nom de Fuchsia, ressemblera beaucoup plus à une interface de Chromebook qu’à un interface d’un dispositif Android. Il semble également que la recherche va dominer le reste du système d’exploitation, de la recherche de fichiers et d’applications à l’obtention d’informations à l’extérieur de l’ordinateur.

Of course, there is not much to see or do with it. There are no applications per se, but the demo reveals a Google Search-centric experience at the heart of the interaction model . While Fuchsia, and the demo, will work theoretically on any device, it’s best to use it on a smartphone or tablet.

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