Last year we heard that Google was working on a new smartphone operating system codenamed Fuchsia. However back then Fuchsia existed as a mere command line, but it looks like things have progressed rather nicely because thanks to a report from ArsTechnica, screenshots of the OS have since emerged.

Now we’re not sure what Google has planned for Fuchsia but if there’s one thing that should be noted it is that unlike Android or Chrome OS, Fuchsia is not based on Linux. Instead it appears to be based on Google’s own microkernel called Magenta. It might seem like a shock that Google could be ditching Linux, but as ArsTechnica points out, the Google Pixel is still using the Linux Kernel 3.18 which was released in 2014.

For the most part and from the layman’s perspective, you’d be hardpressed to tell what the differences are between Fuchsia and Android, save for the UI which could just as be easily skinned. However whatever Google has planned for Fuchsia, it seems that this is more than just an experiment.

This is according to Fuchsia developer Travis Geiselbrecht told the IRC chat room that the Fuchsia 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.” In any case we suppose it might be a while before we hear anything more, but until then what do you guys think Google has planned for the OS?

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