Here's another look at Fuchsia, Google's other operating system

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Back in August 2016, we got a glimpse of the Google's new operating system called Fuchsia. You can see some Google design in the cards and some of the other design elements, but the UI is different than those now found on Android and iOS. When the OS made its first appearance past year, compiling the code only gave a command line, but has found that the Fuchsia System UI, called "Armadillo" is quite something.

While Fuchsia is nowhere near ready for public use, it does now have a user interface called Armadillo, and the folks at Ars Technica downloaded and compiled the Fuchsia UI into an Android APK and loaded it onto an Android device.

Google still hasn't said anything about Fuchsia's objective or intended goal, but Travis Geiselbrecht did state in IRC that it isn't a toy, and it isn't a 20% project. It also can control the charge that is using the apps in the background. Just yesterday we were rummaging through the files provided by Google developers on Github - and inside we found a bunch of bits and pieces that make for a rather awesome look at the future. Flutter apps are written in Dart, Google's reboot of JavaScript which focuses on high-performance 120fps applications on mobile.

The Armadillo Android app shows some features in common with Android but also reveals a new take on how apps are organized. If Google can get developers to switch to their SDK, this would be very powerful as the availability and/or quality of apps between Android and iOS is often a point of contention and Flutter allows for a developer to build an app just once for multiple platforms. If you tap on the Google Now at the bottom of the screen, a custom-made Fuchsia keyboard will pop up.

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Apart from that colourful interface, it is also known that the Fuchsia OS will dump the Linux-based kernel and opt for Google's own Magenta kernel.

Tapping on the User profile brings up a few toggles for Volume, Airplane Mode, Auto-rotate, etc. At least when compared to what we're seeing here, Android and Chrome OS look more cluttered and busy when set beside Fuchsia.

In IT Blogwatch, we share what we know. The feature is called Copy Less and will allow user to copy text from one app and the phone will automatically offer the suggestion to paste it at the next place you start typing in.

When apps are opened, they appear to "hover" over the underlying operating system.