The end of Android? Leaked photos lift the lid on Google’s new operating system Fuchsia

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Images of what could become Google’s new mobile operating system, which is being built from scratch and is entirely separate to Android, have surfaced online.

Dubbed Fuchsia, the new operating system could be used to power the next generation or mobile devices.

According to tech site Arstechnica, Fuchsia has abandoned the traditional Linux based system which is at the heart of Android in favour of something new completely, known currently as “Magenta”.

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“Fuchsia”. Image: Arstechnica

"Fuchsia". Image: Arstechnica

“Fuchsia”. Image: Arstechnica

Other than that, further details of Fuchsia and Magenta remain fairly scant at present.

However, speculation is that this may be the first stage of Google looking to move away from Android, in favour of a new mobile operating system that also incorporates its desktop Chrome OS with Android.

Launching Fuchsia as some kind of all encompassing operating system would also help Google have greater control over its operating system, and enable it to sell a wider portfolio of products.

One of the problems with Android is that it is so fragmented with millions of third party devices running a variety of different versions, it can be difficult and lengthy for Google to roll out major software updates.

Developing Fuchsia also goes hand in hand with Google further developing its own range of smartphones.

Last year it launched its Pixel handsets which run stock Android. However, Fuchsia would give Google scope to focus on other devices.

The images leaked earlier this week reveal Fuchsia looks similar to Android but also includes elements from Chrome, such as a tabbed interface, as well as a dedicated tablet mode looks like it would let users run a variety of apps at the same time.

However, as Arstechnica points out there is nothing concrete yet to suggest that Google will take Fuschia any further.

With that being said, the images suggest that the firm is definitely working on something software based, and these could be the first insight into Google’s next mobile operating system.

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