Google now supports two operating systems: Android and Chrome OS for smartphones, tablets, and Chromebooks, But it has a new OS in development called Fuchsia, and documentation recently appeared showing developers how to run it on a Pixelbook. The other two "target" devices that the Pixelbook is joining includes the Acer Switch Alpha 12 (a convertible Windows PC) and the Intel NUC (a mini PC), and while this doesn't mean much for most of our readers, there are now instructions for installing Fuchsia on your Pixelbook if you want to test the OS in its very early stages.
You can see a video of a very early version of Fuchsia in action on a smartphone right here, but this new build that was just released is intended exclusively for Google's Pixelbook. Google instead announced Android app compatibility with Chrome OS, rather than an entirely new operating system, leading most to assume that could have killed its Andromeda project. Head over to the Google Source page for the OS and load it on up.
"The "Escher" renderer is written in the Vulkan graphics API", notes ARSTechnica, "and seems custom-built to run Google's shadow-heavy Material Design interface guidelines".
The Pixelbook is a new addition to the hardware that can run Google's Fuchsia.
The last time we looked at Fuchsia, the system UI was able to be packaged up as an APK and run on top of an Android phone.
Little is known about Fuchsia, which was created by Google and then open-sourced to developers to contribute towards, but documentation was recently released showing how to run the operating system on the $1,000 device, The Verge noted.
The Pixelbook installation process for Fuchsia is definitely unique. That's right-you actually have a sacrifice a USB device to the Fuchsia gods to get the OS running. Fuchsia developers were also aiming for it to run on a Raspberry Pi 3. Make no mistake, this is am extremely early build of the OS and it's definitely meant exclusively for the developer community. It is still unclear why Google is developing the new OS, and which devices it is targeted for, but it could be a start to something big.