Google officially launched Fuchsia OS
a new-generation operating system that Google has developed for a long time, has begun to run on the first-generation Nest Hub.
Fuchsia, a new-generation operating system that Google has developed for a long time, has begun to run on the first-generation Nest Hub.
Starting today, an update will be rolled out to the first-generation Nest Hub users who were first released in 2018. This update will not change any features of the Nest Hub, but the smart display will run the Fuchsia operating system instead of the Linux-based "Cast OS" it used before. In fact, the user experience of Nest Hub should not change, because Google's smart display experience is built with Flutter, and Flutter is designed to continuously bring applications to multiple platforms, including Fuchsia.
Since 2016, the development of Fuchsia has received much attention. From an experimental UI, to running Fuchsia on Google's many internal test devices. Since then, the operating system has gradually made progress, and recently has a stable release schedule. Earlier this month, a Bluetooth list showed that the first-generation Nest Hub is running the "Fuchsia 1.0" version, which indicates that Google is expanding Fuchsia from internal testing to more public-facing areas.
The Fuchsia-based Nest Hub update will be rolled out for users in the preview program in the next few months, and the interface and experience will remain unchanged. By conducting field tests on real devices, Google can prove that their "non-Linux" operating system from scratch is ready to be used as a replacement for the Cast operating system in smart homes. At present, it is unclear whether Google intends to port other Cast OS-based devices to Fuchsia.
In general, smart home is just one of many ways Google has explored for Fuchsia. The operating system is also designed to be used on desktops and smart phones, and even natively run Android applications. As Google’s Hiroshi Lockheimer said in 2019, smart homes are just the starting point for Fuchsia’s manufacturing equipment at Google.