Google is officially making a new operating system called Fuchsia available to consumers. The release is hard to believe at the moment, but Google has confirmed the news to 9to5Google and several members of the Fuchsia team have confirmed it Twitter. The official start date was apparently yesterday. Fuchsia is definitely getting a quiet, anti-climactic version as it will only be available for one device, the Google Home Hub, also known as the first generation Nest Hub. No changes to the Home Hub’s user interface or functionality are expected, but Fuchsia is here. Apparently, Google only wants to test the operating system in a consumer environment.
Fuchsia’s only boot device was originally called the Google Home Hub and is a 7-inch smart display that responds to commands from the Google Assistant. It came out in 2018. The device was renamed the Nest Hub in 2019, and only this first generation device, not the second generation Nest Hub or Nest Hub Max, will receive Fuchsia. The Home Hub’s operating system has always been a curiosity. When the device was released, Google provided partners with a smart display hardware ecosystem based on Android Things, a now defunct Internet of Things / kiosk operating system. Instead of following the recommendations to hardware partners, Google loaded the Home Hub with its own Google Cast platform – and then undercut all partners in terms of price.
Taking over the Nest Hub is one thing – no other team at Google really has a vested interest in Google Cast OS (you could actually argue that the Cast OS is on its way out as the latest Chromecast migrates to Android). The shift of the operating system to smartphones and Laptops however, is an entirely different matter as the Fuchsia team would plunge into the Android and Chrome OS areas. Now you’re getting into politics.