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Google rolled out Fuchsia OS on original Nest Hub for testing

Fuchsia is now the official OS for Google's first-generation Nest Hub which is formerly known as Google Home Hub.
Google rolled out Fuchsia OS on original Nest Hub for testing
File photo of Google Home Hub or Nest Hub

A secure and inclusive operating system for multiple devices?

Since 2016, the global search giant has been developing this open-source operating system from scratch. According to one of the sources, Fuchsia began as an experimental UI that Google gradually improved by doing several internal testing.

Meanwhile, the Nest Hub was first revealed in 2018. Allegedly, the update containing the Fuschia OS will not change any of its functionality. However, the smart device will be running Fuchsia OS instead of the Linux-based "Cast OS". 

The users' experience won't be affected since Nest Hub is created with Flutter. Flutter is said to be designed to consistently bring apps to various platforms, including Fuschia.

There's also an account of first-generation Google Nest Hub running that first version of the Fuchsia release. This can mean that the search giant is bringing the testing phase of the new OS to the public users.

Google claims that this OS is meant to power both desktops and smartphones, even natively running Android apps. It was also described as a secure, updatable, inclusive, and pragmatic operating system.

Moreover, the smart home is just one of the possible uses for Fuchsia. Around 2019, Google’s Hiroshi Lockheimer pointed out that it is just a starting point by saying,

It’s not just phones and PCs. In the world of IoT, there is an increasing number of devices that require operating systems and new runtimes, and so on. I think there’s a lot of room for multiple operating systems with different strengths and specializations. Fuchsia is one of those things and so, stay tuned.

Google will release the update on Nest Hub for Fuchsia over the coming months, starting with those in the Preview Program. After that, they will eventually be more broadly available. The company noted that switching operating systems is not a simple update so they are still doing it carefully.

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