Google Fuchsia OS is now available as an update for first-gen Nest Hub devices

jsilva

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What just happened? Five years after we first heard about Fuchsia OS, Google is releasing it to some of its devices. Google's new OS which was supposedly written from scratch is meant to be supported by desktops, phones, and tablets, but for now, Google is only bringing it to the first generation of Nest Hub devices.

The first time we heard about Fuchsia OS was in 2016, when we learned it would be an open-source OS not based on Linux. Instead, it would use the Magenta kernel known to be used on IoT devices, but Google has since changed its name to Zircon. Meanwhile, we also had the chance to get an early glimpse at its UI and learned that it would run Android apps.

Fast-forward a few years, and we are about to witness its launch on the Google Nest Hub, a 7-inch tablet-like device from 2018 that uses Cast OS to control your smart home environment. Fuchsia OS update will replace the Nest Hub's current software, but it won't bring any visual updates or functionalities. If you own a first-gen Nest Hub, the experience should be fairly similar.

Petr Hosek, technical lead of the Fuchsia OS project, also came to Twitter announcing the launch of Google's new OS and confirming that the deployment will start with the original Nest Hub.

The update will be rolled out during the coming months, launching first for those in the Preview Program. If all goes well, we should see other Google devices receiving a Fuchsia OS update soon.

A few years ago, Google's SVP Hiroshia Lockheimer said: "It's not just phones and PCs. In the world of IoT, there are increasing number of devices that require operating systems and new runtimes and so on. I think there's a lot of room for multiple operating systems with different strengths and specializations. Fuchsia is one of those things and so, stay tuned."

It's hard to believe that Fuchsia OS will ever replace Android, but it seems there's a possibility to see the coexistence of both. If you're interested in taking a look at an early demo of Fuchsia OS, you can do so by following this link.

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Dimitriid

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Fast-forward a few years, and we are about to witness its launch on the Google Nest Hub, a 7-inch tablet-like device from 2018 that uses Cast OS to control your smart home environment.

Couldn't you find an even smaller number of people to test it? Why not also make it "Only people who are a seventh son of a seventh son of a seventh son born on the seventh day of the seventh month of the seventh year can enter the program" while you're at it?
 

Wrinkle

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How long until Fuschia OS ends up in the Google Graveyard?

Why do you even care about their graveyard? Have you ever done something for the tech community?

It seems pretty prudent that they test drive this on older, stable hardware instead of bringing new devices to the market with new OS'es.

 

Theinsanegamer

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Why do you even care about their graveyard? Have you ever done something for the tech community?
Why do you even care if he cares? Are you the Graveyard Tax Accountant or something? Have YOU ever done something for the tech community?

It seems pretty prudent that they test drive this on older, stable hardware instead of bringing new devices to the market with new OS'es.
So why a device that nobody owns as opposed to, say, the pixel 2, a device with a large enough userbase that actual usage information could be pulled from?
 

Wrinkle

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Why do you even care if he cares? Are you the Graveyard Tax Accountant or something? Have YOU ever done something for the tech community?

Fair enough mate. It's just that sometimes I get disheartened by all the skepticism and the constant opposition to change. IT is ferocious and forever changing, within reason we should embrace this fully because its a key strength.