Google’s secret project that’s not so secret, (open source) called Fuchsia has received a number of new changes.
First revealed last year, it was but a single line of code. Now, Fuchsia is taking shape, giving us clues to what Google has in store for us in the future. Folks at Ars Technica dug into the source code which revealed interesting information about the OS.
It now has an interface called Armadillo which resembles Android’s Google Now with a new spin.
Fuchsia Home Screen
The home screen is pretty spacious with a set of vertically scrolling cards for “stories” above and a Google Now like suggestions page below. Tapping on the placeholder profile picture opens up quick settings with volume, battery icon, wifi, network etc.
Scroll up and you’ll see the stories. These stories are apps and OS components that collaborate to complete a specific task. Styled like app cards reminiscent of the recent apps page on Android, these cards are mere placeholders right now.
Speaking of Android, the stories can be arranged together in a split screen mode similar to Android Nougat. All you need to do is tap and hold on a story and drag it on top of another one to enter split screen mode.
Up to 3 apps can be arranged horizontally or vertically. A tab bar can also appear at the top of the screen for showing 3 full app interfaces.
Scroll downwards from the home screen and you get to a Google Now-like interface. There are placeholder windows titled “Suggestions” below the Google Now search bar.
According to the readme in Fuchsia’s source code,
Conceptually a suggestion is a representation of an action the user can take to augment an existing story or to start a new one.
This seems to be an app launcher or an app drawer like the one found in Android.
“Isn’t a Toy Thing”
Google hasn’t said why they’re making the new OS, but whatever it is, it doesn’t seem to be a pastime or an experiment. Fuchsia developer Travis Geiselbrecht said that the OS,
isn’t a toy thing, it’s not a 20% project, it’s not a dumping ground of a dead thing that we don’t care about anymore.
It could be a project to replace Android in the future but we can’t say for sure, only time will tell.
Via Ars Technica