Google currently has two mainstream operating systems in the market: Android and Chrome. But for the past few months, we have heard reports that it is working on a new mysterious OS named “Fuchsia” which was last spotted in the command line form. And now, a new report has emerged which shows that Google has actually designed a new UI for this mystical OS which has named “Armadillo”.
This new report is coming from Ars Technica and mentions that the new Fuchsia OS and Armadillo UI are all about a lot of new things. To start off, the new OS is built on a new Google kernel named “Magenta” instead of Linux which we have seen in Android and Chrome. This new kernel is said to be aimed at “modern phones and modern personal computers with fast processors, non-trivial amounts of RAM with arbitrary peripherals doing open-ended computation.”
As for the user interface, it is reported to have been written using Google’s Flutter SDK which is cross-platform for writing codes that can run on multiple OSes like Android and iOS. This is what helped in compiling the new Armadillo UI as an Android app which can be installed on any Android device to get a preview of what’s going on.
The Armadillo UI has a heavily card-focused interface which seems to have been designed by keeping modern smartphones and tablets in mind. Most of the content on the UI are just placeholders at the moment which means you can see and interact with them but they don’t really do anything. You can scroll through these cards easily and also tap on any of them to open a full-screen view. It is like accessing Recent Apps interface on Android Lollipop v5.0 or higher versions.
There is a main card interface which shows a picture of the device owner along with information like time, date, location, battery status, Wi-Fi network, and carrier name. There are also toggles for adjusting volume and display brightness as well as for enabling Airplane mode, screen rotation, and DND mode. As these are just placeholders, interacting with any of these options does not do anything on the Android device yet. There are Log Out and More buttons as well which are inactive for the moment.
This new UI also has native support for split-screen mode but the interesting part is that it allows you to split more than two apps simultaneously. It even allows the user to choose whether he wants to split apps vertically or horizontally. It works just fine for splitting up to four apps but can crash if you go above that limit. This is definitely impressive considering that the UI is still in early stages of development.
While we now have an idea of what Fuchsia OS and Armadillo UI might look like, it is worth mentioning that Google is yet to confirm the existence of such a new OS. It means we don’t really have an idea what exactly Google is planning to do with this new OS. There have been speculations that Google might replace Android and Chrome OS with Fuchsia but it seems like we will have to be patient and wait to see what Google has in store for us.