Google’s Fuchsia OS is finally coming to life on a real-world computer — a smart home product, not a tablet, as many had hoped and assumed. The first-generation Nest Hub is getting a new update from Google that replaces its current operating system with Fuchsia OS.

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GOOGLE’S FUCHSIA OS is a long-term project that has been discussed for a long time; nevertheless, little is known about what kind of operating system it will be. Today, Google released a stable version of the Fuchsia operating system, and the corporation has taken a step toward bringing it to commercial devices.

Interestingly, Google did not hold a grand launch event for GOOGLE’S FUCHSIA OS, instead slowly releasing it to the public. The first version of the OS will be available for the Nest Hub, a smart speaker with a smart display. The rollout will take several months and will begin with previewers before expanding to other devices in the months ahead. Users would not note much of a difference between Cast OS and Fuchsia since the interfaces are nearly identical.

Over the next few months, the GOOGLE’S FUCHSIA OS-based update will be rolled out to the first-generation Nest Hub computers. It will take some time to switch from Cast OS to Fuchsia OS. It will first be available on Nest Hub devices that are part of the Preview Program, followed by a wider release.

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Despite the fact that Google has provided the go-ahead for the latest operating system to be released on commercial devices, it is launching it with caution, and no one knows what GOOGLE’S FUCHSIA OS is. It’s unclear what the company stands to gain from leaving Linux in favor of the Zircon microkernel, or which devices will be converted to operate with it.

GOOGLE’S FUCHSIA OS is most likely just a forum for checking certain functions and functionality in its current state, but it is also interesting for developers. Can Google replace Android with GOOGLE’S FUCHSIA OS? It is currently impossible to respond to this issue. It’s unlikely that a significant number of devices could be migrated to a new operating system in a short period of time. Android is well-known and has a stronghold in the industry. It would be irresponsible to abandon it. The two systems would most likely run in tandem, with GOOGLE’S FUCHSIA OS being spread slowly.


In 2016, it was widely reported that Google was working on a new operating system. Fuchsia OS is unique in that it is not based on the Linux kernel. The Zircon microkernel is used instead. Petr Hosek, the project manager, confirmed the operating system’s launch. On his Twitter account, he posted, “You don’t ship a new operating system every day, but today is that day.”

According to reports, the Fuchsia OS will begin rolling out today, but only to pre-test participants. More Nest Hub devices will be able to use Google’s latest web platform later. The upgrade will take several months to complete. It’s worth remembering that the Google smart speaker’s compatibility with the new OS was announced at the beginning of this month. On the Bluetooth SIG website, it was revealed that the Nest Hub can run Fuchsia OS 1.0.

It’s not just about phones and computers. There are a growing number of devices in the IoT world that require operating systems, new runtimes, and so on. Multiple operating systems with different strengths and specializations, in my opinion, have a lot of space. Stay tuned because fuchsia is one of those things.

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