Try Google's New OS In Your Browser

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Google has been fighting with itself for a long time having Android and Chrome OS overlapping each other, and now Slash Gear is reporting that Google is apparently working on a third wheel. "Andromeda" was a rumor that had started from people thinking that Google would merge their two current operating systems together, however Google Fuchsia is a new OS built from the ground up that you can play with today in your browser.

So using the demo, half of it doesn't appear to be working, and there is really nothing that it can do to show itself off. However it makes me curious *tinfoil hat on* I wonder if this is made to be some sort of Cloud browser, even more so than Chrome OS is, and this is less of a demo and more of a test? Either way, Google needs to stop spreading itself so thin in my opinion.

The user interface for Fuchsia OS isn’t really a secret, but until now it has been mostly revealed in bits and pieces of code and nothing but the most hardcore of developers or enthusiast can try out. This demo, which can be run on any browser, whether desktop or mobile, gives even curious onlookers a chance to see what Google has been cooking in private.
 

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Take it with a grain of salt, but rumor has it that a big reason of the OS is to be free of linux kernel. Not sure if is because something negative or just something that works better for them by going solo.
 

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My gosh, they act like a bag in the wind. Google needs a few less free spirits and a few more businessmen.
 
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My gosh, they act like a bag in the wind. Google needs a few less free spirits and a few more businessmen.
I disagree. Google has the money and smart employees to go off in weird directions and see what sticks. It's annoying to users in some ways, for instance when services people liked go away. But don't mistake the seemingly random activities for stupor. It isn't. Google is making money, more than "businessmen" would bring. I get your angle with the 'free spirits' comment, but not all 'free spirits' are stupid or unhinged. The long-standing success of Google is proof.
 

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I disagree. Google has the money and smart employees to go off in weird directions and see what sticks. It's annoying to users in some ways, for instance when services people liked go away. But don't mistake the seemingly random activities for stupor. It isn't. Google is making money, more than "businessmen" would bring. I get your angle with the 'free spirits' comment, but not all 'free spirits' are stupid or unhinged. The long-standing success of Google is proof.

I agree. It would be disastrous to bring in people that take themselves too seriously to police over free spirit creators. There will be a mass exodus out of Google.
 

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Take it with a grain of salt, but rumor has it that a big reason of the OS is to be free of linux kernel. Not sure if is because something negative or just something that works better for them by going solo.

Puts on tinfoil hat

Maybe they want an OS that can be more closed off, to gather more data on users without being so obvious about it?

I can't imagine it having any technical advantages over the Linux kernel for users or 3rd party devs, and even if it did, phasing Linux out of Android would be a massive (read: very expensive) endeavor.
 
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Take it with a grain of salt, but rumor has it that a big reason of the OS is to be free of linux kernel. Not sure if is because something negative or just something that works better for them by going solo.
I'm sorry but that makes no sense to me. The Linux Kernel is open source. Google contributes to open source. If there's something wrong, Google contributes fixes. The amount of engineering power to re-invent something that's really pretty damn good right now is crazy. Plus, they'd have to open-source it to continue getting the peer-review benefit. No, I'd put money on Google NOT doing what you're saying. Where's that rumor from, anyways?
 

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I disagree. Google has the money and smart employees to go off in weird directions and see what sticks. It's annoying to users in some ways, for instance when services people liked go away. But don't mistake the seemingly random activities for stupor. It isn't. Google is making money, more than "businessmen" would bring. I get your angle with the 'free spirits' comment, but not all 'free spirits' are stupid or unhinged. The long-standing success of Google is proof.

The market doesn't want weird directions to see what sticks, and I didn't say the free spirits are stupid, but a likely proportion of them are unhinged.
 

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I agree. It would be disastrous to bring in people that take themselves too seriously to police over free spirit creators. There will be a mass exodus out of Google.

A mass exodus of non-productive workers would be a positive.

Seems you favor activists over contributors.
 

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You hate people that can work effortlessly. I favor talent over closed-minded blowhards.

Negative, I don't hate anyone. I think lacking direction is a problem, no matter how effortlessly you think you "work."
 

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Take it with a grain of salt, but rumor has it that a big reason of the OS is to be free of linux kernel. Not sure if is because something negative or just something that works better for them by going solo.

Great, that's all we need - Another proprietary operating system.
 

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Is this demo even a real Google demo? Two things I noticed 1) why not host this on a Googles site 2) Google doing something without a valid SSL cert. Not going to enter any of my info on that site.
 

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Still acting as a guinea pig for MS W10, don't have time to be one for google too. If it survives a couple of years and becomes something noteworthy, I check it out then. That is, unless it somehow gets forced thru some android update.
 

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Great, that's all we need - Another proprietary operating system.
If it's open, they can't defeat the privacy without letting other people know how to defeat it as well. This is about Google Data mining and ONLY Google Data mining.

FB's stock dropped as much or more because someone got the data for free and not because they got the data.
 

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I can't imagine it having any technical advantages over the Linux kernel for users or 3rd party devs, and even if it did, phasing Linux out of Android would be a massive (read: very expensive) endeavor.
A stable kernel ABI, such that a single OEM abandoning driver support for a barely-one-year-old chip won't lock a device out of kernel updates forever?
 

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I can't imagine it having any technical advantages over the Linux kernel for users or 3rd party devs, and even if it did, phasing Linux out of Android would be a massive (read: very expensive) endeavor.

Tecnical advantages? Maybe no, but I recall reading that the LTS schedule is not working for google. Again, just one of those things that might not make sense to us, but does to them.

I'm sorry but that makes no sense to me. The Linux Kernel is open source. Google contributes to open source. If there's something wrong, Google contributes fixes. The amount of engineering power to re-invent something that's really pretty damn good right now is crazy. Plus, they'd have to open-source it to continue getting the peer-review benefit. No, I'd put money on Google NOT doing what you're saying. Where's that rumor from, anyways?

See reply above, plus add, maybe they need a way to get drivers maintained longer than a year and fuschia will allow that?

Great, that's all we need - Another proprietary operating system.

If the rumor is true, it will actually replace two OS (android and chromeos) for one, which in the long run, reduces their development burden and cost.
 

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If the rumor is true, it will actually replace two OS (android and chromeos) for one, which in the long run, reduces their development burden and cost.

It also means no more AOSP ROMs, which is one of the strengths of Android. No one company should own software as important as an operating system, as highlighted by the recent placing of Windows on life support, it's a major PITA.
 

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It also means no more AOSP ROMs, which is one of the strengths of Android. No one company should own software as important as an operating system, as highlighted by the recent placing of Windows on life support, it's a major PITA.
That is a possibility, but lets hope thats not the case.
 

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Tecnical advantages? Maybe no, but I recall reading that the LTS schedule is not working for google. Again, just one of those things that might not make sense to us, but does to them.

An interesting speculation/reasoning I've heard was that they'd then be free of the GPL's requirement to share changes. It might not be huge for Google directly, but it might be enticing for their partners who make phone/appliances.
 
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