According to some recruitment information, Google stated that it is time to bring its mysterious Fuchsia operating system to other smart devices and other form factors” in addition to smart displays. Fuchsia is Google’s latest operating system, which was released for the company’s first-generation Nest Hub earlier this year.
There are many speculations about Google’s plan for Fuchsia. Unlike Android and Chrome OS, it does not use the Linux kernel (but uses a microkernel called Zircon), and although it has been public for more than five years, its application purpose is still quite vague. When it appeared on the Nest Hub, it was basically the same function as the previous software, and the new job postings provided some clues about Fuchsia’s next steps.
First of all, Google now seems to have an operating system called Fuchsia Equipment Team, which to a certain extent indicates the importance of the software internally. A job list stated that this team is responsible for ensuring that we can successfully apply the Fuchsia platform to real-world products that have an impact on Google and our users.
At the same time, the job posting pointed out that Google is working hard to bring Fuchsia to more smart devices and other form factors, which confirms that it is developing for devices other than smart displays. This is not entirely surprising, as there have been reports that the operating system will run on smart speakers.
The source did not mention what these new form factors are, but another job posting (which has been deleted) mentions that these devices will have Chromecast, video conferencing, and device learning capabilities. In this case, Chromecast may refer to a device that casts videos from other devices for playback, rather than the dedicated Chromecast hardware plugged into the back of the TV.
Finally, there is a tantalizing hint that Fuchsia can interact with hardware from non-Google partners. In the third job list, the person will ensure that Fuchsia brings maximum value to partners and products based on Fuchsia. Google has a long history of working with partners to introduce Google software into non-Google hardware. It has previously worked with companies such as JBL and Lenovo on smart displays. Of course, none of these hints provide specific information about Fuchsia’s next steps.