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Google may put its Fuchsia OS on smart home devices within three years

The Verge logo The Verge 20/7/2018 Chaim Gartenberg

The 'Google' logo is seen on a tablet screen. © LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty Images The 'Google' logo is seen on a tablet screen. Google’s Project Fuchsia OS has been shrouded in mystery for the past few years. It was discovered almost two years ago when the company began quietly posting code to its GitHub repository and expanded with an actual “Armadillo” system UI last year, but there’s been little to no information about what Google intends to do with Fuchsia.

According to a new report from Bloomberg, the Fuchsia team’s goal is nothing less than creating a single, unifying operating system that could run on all of Google’s devices: replacing Android, Chrome OS, and powering all of Google’s smart home hardware. The time frame is similarly ambitious: the team hopes to release a connected home device powered by the new OS within three years to introduce Fuchsia before moving on to larger devices like laptops and phones within the next five years.

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It’s certainly an interesting idea that would give Google a second chance to build a more secure, easily updated OS to enable even better cross-platform integration than the current Chrome OS / Android divide. Security is also said to be something at the core of Fuchsia, which could help Google better compete with Apple’s more tightly locked down iOS, too.

But before anyone gets too excited about a massive overhaul of Google’s entire software strategy with a brand-new cross-platform OS, remember that neither Google CEO Sundar Pichai nor Android and Chrome chief Hiroshi Lockheimer have signed off on the Fuchsia plan. In other words, there’s a long way to go before Google as a whole even considers implementing Fuchsia, and that’s to say nothing of it actually reaching the market as an Android and Chrome OS replacement.

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