Ars Technica has an article with screenshots about a new development in Fuchsia, Google’s research (maybe?) operating system. The project has a very basic and barebones graphical user interface now.
The home screen is a giant vertically scrolling list. In the center you’ll see a (placeholder) profile picture, the date, a city name, and a battery icon. Above the are “Story” cards – basically Recent Apps – and below it is a scrolling list of suggestions, sort of like a Google Now placeholder. Leave the main screen and you’ll see a Fuchsia “home” button pop up on the bottom of the screen, which is just a single white circle.
The GUI is called Armadillo, and Hotfixit.net has instructions on how to build it, and a video of it in action.
Google still hasn’t said anything about Fuchsia’s purpose or intended goal, but Travis Geiselbrecht did state in IRC that it isn’t a toy, and it isn’t a 20% project. At this point, the safest bet is to just call it a research operating system, but of course, it’s exciting to imagine this brand new open source operating system having a bigger role to play.
Just this morning I read this article:
Now it seems that the speculation is true after all! Even if it does take until 2020 for a Fuchsia phone to come to market, the Flutter SDK alone looks like a really interesting new option for building apps. I am a bit of a UI-toolkit aficionado, having developed various apps over the years with Swing, JavaFX Script, Adobe Flex, WPF, Apple UIKit, Android UI toolkit, Polymer and Angular. I’m curious to see what Flutter (
) brings to the table in terms of ease of development, customizability, UI performance and of course fun with Dart.
Edited 2017-05-08 17:57 UTC