In letter : Google’s Fuchsia OS project has been around for a few years, but it is far from being widely adopted. Other than the 1st gen Google Nest Hub, no other device runs the operating system, but the software maker plans to change that by bringing Fuchsia to more devices.
Google recently posted three job vacancies to hire two software engineers and an engineering manager (now deleted) for its team of Fuchsia devices. As usual, these job postings describe the project the employee will be working on, and in these cases, it gives us some clues about the future of Fuchsia OS.
In the software engineer’s job description, Google explains that with Fuchsia available for Google’s smart displays, “now is the time to expand to other smart devices and other form factors.” While we can’t determine which other devices will support Fuchsia, the remaining range of Google Nest smart displays seems like a good bet.
The list of technical manager positions gives us additional insight into other devices that could potentially support the open source operating system. It looks like Google’s Fuchsia devices team is working on “expanding the reach of Nest / Assistant to new form factors,” suggesting we could see Fuchsia on more than just smart displays.
Additionally, the third job posting shows that Google is hiring a software engineer for the platform’s graphics and multimedia team. In its description, Google says it seeks to “ensure that Fuchsia brings maximum value to partners and Fuchsia-based products,” so there is a possibility that Fuchsia will be supported by third-party products.
Fuchsia OS has been in development since 2016, but it wasn’t until earlier this year that we saw it be introduced on a device. So far, only the 1st gen Google Nest Hub supports Fuchsia, but its implementation hasn’t made any noticeable differences or unique features compared to the previous operating system.
At first it was believed that Fuchsia could replace Android, but as we learn more about it, it becomes more and more clear that they are targeting two separate product groups. While Android targets phones, tablets, and TVs, Fuchsia appears to be Google’s go-to solution for IoT devices.
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