Google has been developing a mysterious operating system called Fuchsia OS for years. The firm has never hidden its existence, but it is still very vague today concerning the purpose of the project.
In any case, the development of Fuchsia OS is on track and this year Google has even started to deploy this operating system on a commercial product. Indeed, a few months ago, the company replaced the existing OS that powered its first generation Nest Hub screens with Fuchsia.
Note, however, that if the operating system has been replaced, nothing has changed in terms of functionality and user interface. But obviously, this was only a start.
And today we know that Google is ready to take the next step by using this OS on other products. This is what is revealed by job offers published by the company, and relayed by our colleagues at 9to5Google.
One of these offers, for a position of “Staff Software Engineer, Fuchsia Devices”, evokes the success of the deployment of Fuchsia on connected screens, as well as Google’s future projects for this OS. “In 2021, we delivered Fuchsia to millions of Google smart displays, now is the time to expand to other smart devices and other form factors », Can we read on the ad.
“While the earliest uses of Fuchsia are smart displays, we are working on expanding additional form factors and use cases. The Fuchsia Devices team is responsible for ensuring that we can successfully apply the Fuchsia Platform to real world products that make a difference to Google and our users ”, also indicates this vacancy.
Google’s plans become clearer
In addition, another job posting suggests that the “Fuchsia Device” team could work on an entirely new product category. A paragraph on this job posting explains that “Chromecast, video conferencing, and machine learning are staples of many upcoming smart products. “
According to 9to5Google, the reference to Chromecast would not suggest that Google wants to produce dongles that work under Fuchsia OS, but rather that future products should be compatible with Google Cast technology (which allows content to be cast onto a screen from a smartphone).
Finally, another job posting suggests that Google might not reserve this operating system for its products, and offer it for products from other brands.
In essence, we still don’t know exactly what types of Fuchsia products will be used on (besides connected displays). But in any case, these job postings clearly show that Google is up to something big. And the fact that there is now a “Fuchsia Device” team is also an indication of how important this operating system is to the Google ecosystem.
As a reminder, unlike Android, Fuchsia OS is not based on the Linux kernel.