Google's mysterious Fuchsia OS developer version now runs on the PixelBook


That means it doesn't have to deal with older, legacy devices and software code in the same way that Android and Chrome OS might have to - and that in turn should result in a leaner, more efficient operating system.

You can see a video of a very early version of Fuchsia in action on a smartphone right here, but this new build that was just released is intended exclusively for Google's Pixelbook. The OS is open source, but with no Linux kernel, there's no GPL components-the OS is licensed under a mix of BSD 3 clause, MIT, and Apache 2.0.

You can also run Fuchsia on Android.

It takes two machines connected over LAN to run Fuchsia - and Google warns, installing the OS, which can only be done with a USB drive, is "destructive" to the device. If Fuchsia survives the development process and follows a similar path, you can expect it to become a product sometime around 2020. The first is obviously Android, which is now the most widely used mobile operating system on the planet. Even though it is entirely open-source, to which the developer community can contribute to, there is still no information provided by the company as to what it will be used for. It doesn't look like it works on anything, is supremely hard to get running on a PixelBook (you need to do it via a USB that is constantly connected), and it does not support ANY Arm-based targets.

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According to PC Magazine, Fuchsia is not like the Android and Chrome OS supported by Google, which run on a Linux kernel. As for when this will be, well... that's anyone's guess. The bad news is that we still have no idea what Google intends to do with Fuchsia.

Google is keeping its cards close to its chest for the time being as far as Fuchsia is concerned, but from what we've been able to put together it sounds like the OS is being written from the ground up with modern-day hardware in mind.

You can long press on one of the apps to drag them on top of each other. Instead, Google later announced support for Android applications on Chrome OS. I'm really looking forward to see how this develops in the coming months and years.