Google's Fuchsia OS now has a UI for smartphones and tablets

Google has been quietly working on a new operating system called Fuchsia OS, that replaces the Linux kernel used in Android with one called Magenta. This open source OS has expanded from being just a command line to having an actual UI for smartphones and tablets. While Google hasn't revealed why Fuchsia exists, it is way too early to even speculate on Google's intentions for the future.

The UI, called Armadillo, scrolls vertically and includes a profile picture, current date, location and battery icon. Above that are a series of cards called "Story cards" that are basically your recent apps. Bellow the profile is a scrolling list of suggestions. Tapping on the profile picture opens up something similar to Android's Quick Settings. Long pressing on an app allows users to drag one on top of another, which generates a split screen that can be divided in a number of ways. A third app can also be included. And speaking of apps, the cross-platform Flutter SDK will allow Android developers to quickly port over their apps to Fuchsia.

You can check out the slideshow for more images of the OS. Click on the video at the top of the story to see what the Fuchsia OS would look like right now, running on a smartphone.

source: ArsTechnica, Hotfixit via AndroidAuthority



23. Branson28

Posts: 55; Member since: Mar 26, 2014

This could be really cool! I like how simple and original it is. What do you guys think they'll do with Android? Would they continues to let the other OEMs like LG, Samsung, etc use it and then use Fuchsia for the Pixel phones?

21. mustafa_arra

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 11, 2011

Well, I can summarize this move as follows: Google doesnt have full control over Linux kernal so it needs to create its own to create a tight control over the OS as apple does with iOS, also, its building the OS from scratch to optimize it for its OEM partners hardware to make it flawless also as iOS. One more thing, it will avoid royalty payments to Microsoft and it will be off Oracle potential future lawsuits.

22. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

I'm not so sure about Microsoft though, as I recall most of the royalties they were getting were due to audio/video codecs and various protocols and standards (like FAT storage format for example). So unless they develop something totally new for storage formats, they'd still be paying Microsoft.

12. kotan24

Posts: 322; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

My guess is that this is the new os that will be running on the rumored tmobile phone notice the name "fucsia" and magenta plus the drop down menu showed tmobile as the network I SUPPOSE google is trying to do the same thing like it did with like tney did with the G1

10. Luuthian

Posts: 332; Member since: Sep 09, 2011

Seems interesting. I like how the UI dynamically scales so it could theoretically works as well on a PC as a tablet or phone. And the vertical layout makes sense for vertically aligned phones. Obviously it needs work but it's a neat concept. Very adaptable.

9. Mr.Pussy

Posts: 348; Member since: Feb 16, 2017


6. ajwillingham

Posts: 38; Member since: Jan 17, 2015

Hmm... Any know if implementing this would mean the end of Googles OEM partners paying royalties to Microsoft for their alleged ownership of Android patents?

7. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1382; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

That was my thought as well. Not only will Oracle have no merit of the slightest but now no royalties for Microsoft anymore. Good move on Googles part to free its OEM into keeping more of their profits and earning more for itself guess we will see this implemented in Android "P".

11. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

I thought the Microsoft royalites were more to do with codecs and protocols for storage and such. Java I believe is the purview or Sun (now Oracle) solely. So I don't know that anything will change with Microsoft by migrating to Fuchsia.

17. ajwillingham

Posts: 38; Member since: Jan 17, 2015

I think you may be right... unless Google makes their own file system to compete with FAT. I tried to post a link but couldn't. Not enough posts :(

18. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1382; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

You are right. I forgot all about that. This then only affects Oracle unless Google is planing some sort of Chrome connection (Chromebooks) where Android will be able to transfer files through Chrome without relying on NTFS or FAT32

19. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

It also has to do with them moving away from Linux. They have no control over it and they're perpetually behind in versions (the Pixel is running the kernel from 2014). I think they basically want something they have total control over, something where they don't have to rely on someone else for anything.

4. Valdomero

Posts: 707; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

Seems promising, but please don't make it a swipe up/down interface, It's weird doing all that swiping

3. vincelongman

Posts: 5826; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I can't wait for this Will be interesting to see how Google manages the transition and what they've revamped

2. BuffaloSouce unregistered

If they add this to smartphones, it'll probably be for phones types like Nexus and Pixel

5. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

I'd imagine this is where all of Android is moving to, as it would get them out of Oracle's crosshairs by no longer using Java.

15. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I think there are many push factors. One you had mentioned java belongs to Oracle. I think here are the rest. 1) Linux kernel is open source so they don't have full control over it. 2) Android is too bloated to suit the next wave of IOT devices. Take a look at Pi popularity. 3) Give their engineer something to do to earn their paycheck. Lol.

20. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

3) Couldn't he just wash the board members cars?

1. bucknassty

Posts: 1412; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

a lot of up and down flowing for the UI, wonder how many people will like this

8. danny_a2005

Posts: 377; Member since: Oct 06, 2011

Another flop by Google

13. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Your birth was a flop too.

14. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"Your birth was a flop too." So you attack him personally just because he sees another flop by Google? And you claim to not be a troll? And you call others trolls for doing the same thing which you did here... Pathetic loser, you should practice what you preach!

16. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Yeah right! You caught me here. You are attacking me due to difficult past times between us. I accept that I acted meanly. However, it wasn't trolling in my opinion. Because I said it for a reason. He was the one trolling here, because Fuchsia OS hasn't even been released.....then how can it be a flop? I only tried using my sense of humor and see how many likes it gets, and how do people react. I got my answer. And 3 likes are enough for me. Still, I won't do it again. Hopefully.

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit for samples and additional information.
FCC OKs Cingular's purchase of AT&T Wireless