While having a fair share of operating systems such as Chrome OS and Android to work on, Google is reportedly working on another OS. Named Fuchsia, this is an open source operating system, designed to run on devices of every size, shape, and scale- starting from the smart thermostat, smartphones, car dashboards, PCs, and even wearables.
For years, Google’s hardware has been powered by Linux. Each and every single operating system developed by Google is based on Linux kernel, which is not suitable for all situations. Particularly, it impacts performance and creates other issues in the case of embedded devices like GPS units or car dashboards. Fuchsia is designed to cope with the ecosystem of embedded hardware, and it’s powered by Google’s own Dart programming language. As Android Police reported, it also supports both 32-bit and 64-bit ARM CPUs, as well as 64-bit PCs.
The reason behind Google’s quietly developing a brand new OS and kernel is still unknown to us. Presumably Fuchsia could one day replace Chrome OS and Android, or maybe Google is developing this OS keeping its collection of embedded hardware in mind. Whatever the reason is, Fuchsia is currently an experiment and may never come out as a commercial product. There have been rumors that Google executives decided to combine Android and Chrome OS, so perhaps Fuchsia is an attempt to start again from scratch.