Google looks like it is planning hard for future with FUSCHIA OS. With Android soaring high, the company looks set for another experiment.
After Google had acquired Android, the OS has only seen its popularity increase. The company has faced some troubles related to JAVA and use of it’s APIs. This new OS built on a new microkernel called MAGENTA.
Google looks very serious about this OS, this is, as usual, an open source OS.
We have seen numerous OS coming up and fading away. Here is a list of such OS which could not stay long enough or suddenly saw a dip due to new demands.
Probably the most popular OS. This OS had everything the featured phones needed. This was probably was a really important OS of its own time. With a majority of NOKIA phones having this as their OS or a modified version. Symbian had various versions that were used by different companies. UIQ ( User Interface Quartz) for MOTOROLA and SONY Ericsson and S60( Series 60) for NOKIA.
. Symbian failed as it lacked a proper SDK for itself. It was difficult to program as initially, it had a language for itself called “C++ for Symbian”. This was difficult as it had to be learnt separately. By the time programming, Symbian was made easy by stuff like JAVA and all it was too late. In short, Symbian failed as it failed to catch up with the technology.
A recent one to be buried. Blackberry OS was successful for large part of its lifetime. The OS had everything a modern OS needed. Support for apps, an App store, security everything. The OS, as usual, failed to keep up. The OS was sort of narrow-minded and supported a very little amount of apps. The company failed to keep up with the trend. Then popular apps like Whatsapp, Facebook apps were launched very late. Very few games and entertainment was available when Android and IOS had millions of games coming through. It looked like the company was eaten away by its own pride.
Probably one of the saddest demises was that of Windows mobile OS. The OS showed up as early as early 2000’s. It debuted in many Pocket PCs and other devices as Windows CE. It was later changed to Windows Mobile. The OS was tipped to cross Symbian soon but failed. It had several versions. The OS had three basic versions.
- Windows Mobile Professional: For smartphones with touch screens. I guess it was a category back then as phones without touchscreens also had smart features( apparently).
- Windows Mobile Standard: For smartphones without Touchscreens
- Windows Mobile Classic: For Pocket PCs.
The OS had several versions which include the version 6.0, 6.5. The OS which was very popular and came close to Symbian. Failed when it came to the competition with Android and IOS.
The company made attempts to revive this OS with NOKIA. Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 were launched with Smartphones in mind. Windows Mobile branding was changed to Windows Phone. Though they managed to create a stir in the market they were not hugely popular. After the failure of ambitious Windows 8 and 8.1 the company bought out the Windows 10 Mobile.
Windows 10 brought in some changes over the Windows 8.1 and felt much better. No new phones are currently being manufactured although some older phones got an upgrade to Windows 10. The lack of apps is still a major concern and reason for the failure. Although Microsoft tried to attract people by bringing out a system through which apps can run on Xbox, Windows 10 desktop and Window 10 mobile without having to make any major changes. A project later shelved was also brought out that can be used to run Android apps through an emulator this was named Project ASTORIA.
Where Does FUSCHIA OS FIT IN ALL THIS?
Google was successful with Android, it currently holds the largest market. The company sure tried to clear the confusion by stating the OS in development is not to replace Android. Meanwhile the OS is taking shape quickly, Of course, it will take another 2 to 3 years for this OS to get ready that too if the company doesn’t dump this project as Google is known to dump many popular projects like PROJECT ARA.
Wanna see how the OS looks? download the Armadillo App by Kyle Bradshaw from HOTFIX, which is basically the compiled version of the code from GITHUB. Check that link out because he teaches how to make one yourself and for the Lazy people( like me) he made an app ready for download from here.