Google's experimental Fuchsia OS can now run on the Pixelbook

Doris Richards
January 12, 2018

As Android Police spotted, the laptop has been added to Fuchsia's official documentation on the web, which shows that at least some developers are playing around with it on the Pixelbook.

Google has been developing a new operating system for well over a year now.

KitGuru Says: Fuchsia might be open source, but it sounds like it is going to be a while before Google begins talking about it publicly. It's also important to note that Fuchsia is built from Google's own Zircon microkernel and not the standard Linux kernels Android and Chome OS are based off of.

As for whether Google will stick with Fuchsia, nobody knows: the company might decide that the combination of Chrome OS with Android apps, just like on the Pixelbook now, is enough for users in the future.

The "Escher" renderer is written in the Vulkan graphics API, and seems custom-built to run Google's shadow-heavy Material Design interface guidelines. FYI, Andromeda project was basically a merger of Android and Chrome OS on a Pixelbook.

Fuchsia is still incredibly hard to get running. "Good support" is only available for the Pixelbook, Intel NUCs, and the Acer Switch 12.

What Does Fuchsia Run on Right Now?

It takes two machines just to install Fuchsia on a Pixelbook, and you won't even know what to do with it once you get it installed unless you're a programmer. Prior to this, many had speculated that Fuchsia could be some kind of hybrid operating system that combines both desktop and mobile functionality into a single platform, thus allowing users to seamlessly swap between their computers and smartphones. It's possible - and likely - Google developers had this project running well before it was discovered in open source code. Fuchsia developers were also aiming for it to run on a Raspberry Pi 3. And while Google was expected to announce Pixel laptop running on Andromeda OS, it instead announced support for Android apps on Chrome OS. Knowing that Google has a new OS in the works is admittedly quite exciting, but just like it was in 2016, it's still unclear what exactly Google plans on doing with it.

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