Google Fuchsia OS for smartphone to have split screen mode

Kristi Paul
May 10, 2017

Could this be the start of a shift in OS for Google or is it too early to take such a leap?

Of course, even if there is no button dedicated to multitasking, it does not indicate that this option is not present in Google Fuchsia, since it can be activated by pressing one card and combining it with another.

So what is going on?

The new card-based UI for Fuchsia OS is called Armadillo, which enables users to easily manage apps using a list of cards on the Home screen or employing split-screen mode. 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. Where did it come from, though?

Google, the company behind the most widely used mobile phone operating system has been eying for the third and perhaps the best ever OS.

Fuchsia OS isn't ready for primetime at all, but the user interface is being called Armadillo and that's what we're looking at here with this report. For example: If you share or say any address in a message, it can be also opened in Google Maps.

And how does it work?

Armadillo allows cards to be dragged around used in a multi-screen format. Ars Technica points out that Android had been cooking on low heat inside the company for five years before it was unveiled to the public, so maybe we'll see a more fleshed out Fuchsia in 2020. What do you think of Fuchsia's user interface so far? It seems like it will do lots, but for now we just have a very basic preview. This would be flanked on the top by individual "Story" cards - roughly equivalent to recent apps - as well as Story clusters, which make use of a "non-Widget class" called Panel to track the "size and position of a Story's window in its StoryCluster's StoryClusterWidget". It also can control the charge that is using the apps in the background. We may see more of that at Google I/O imminently. Flutter apps themselves are written in the Dart programming language.

That's right, this is an operating system that wants to be on smartphones and personal computers, with fast processors, and plenty of RAM. some day replace Android altogether?

The Beta version could shed a lot more light on the Android O and its capabilities, considering that developer previews are usually seriously buggy and what's more, are aimed at receiving developer feedback and letting them know what's coming rather than anything else.

Android Police had done some investigation and found that the OS is based on Magenta Kernel, which is in-turn based on the LittleKernel project.

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