Google is building a new operating system
#Google is working on a new operating system — and it has nothing to do with Android. A page has surfaced on the code-sharing website #GitHub about the new OS, called — for now, at least — Fuchsia. It’s not based on #Android, the California-based technology company’s mobile operating system used in billions of smartphones around the world, nor does it build upon the Linux kernel. The GitHub page is pretty sparse on explainers: Its description is simply, “Pink + Purple == #Fuchsia (a new Operating System).” There has been no official announcement from Google, and it sounds as if the open-source project is in its early days. “The decision was made to build it open source, so might as well start there from the beginning,” Google employee Brian Swetland said in an IRC chatlog shared on Hacker News. “Things will eventually be public, documented, and announced, just not yet,” another person said. Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment by Business Insider. We then come to the billion-dollar question: What is Fuchsia actually for? Short answer: We don’t know, but there is already plenty of speculation. The tech blog Android Police, which was one of the first to report on the existence of the OS, thinks it might have applications in the Internet of Things. Linux (and Android) isn’t ideal for a lot of uses that don’t involve traditional computers; as wider technology becomes increasingly linked to the internet, it makes sense that Google would make a play with its own operating system, just as it did (with great success) in mobile.