Google Fuchsia – What should it be?

So, Google opened their Fuchsia developer page and it’s time for us to speculate. What should the Fuchsia be from customers standpoint?

There are a very little facts about the Fuchsia right now. Google just opened the developer page at fuchsia.dev but the site barely tells us anything. From Google I/O, we know that the OS should be working on many different kinds of devices and form factors.

Developers, software, applications

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Developers, developers, developers

How ever Google decides to make the apps work, they should work regardless of the form factor or device. Microsoft has got this wrong several times with its Windows Phone and RT systems. If a developer wants to build a great app for the Fuchsia, the app should work on all the form factors from desktop to tablet and smartphone, maybe even on the wearable devices.

The best way to get the developers interested is money. Money interests anyone but there are also other things, like trending languages and ways to create software that would attract developers. More ways to create apps, more apps, more users, more money. It is also probable that Google will promote the web apps that would work on any device like iPhones or Windows computers to generate profit for Google.

However, the cloud computing is growing all the time and it’ll be interesting to see, how Google will want to use that in Fuchsia. Could we see a cloud based video editing app or will the Stadia game streaming system be a big part of the new OS?

Android fragmentation

Android fragmentation is probably one of the most used geek terms on this site. It is used to describe the problem Android has with the older versions dominating the Android distribution chart.

One big task Google has with the Fuchsia is to prevent this kind of fragmentation from happening. It is essential to keep users safe, applications up to date and features widely spread.

Android has developed this problem over the years by leaving the system updates to the manufacturers, not Google. In the last few years, Google has tried to fix this but the cruel fact is that most Android devices are still running older version of Android than the project Treble, and very few manufacturers have updated their older models to support Treble anyway. In Android 10, there will be new features to fix this mess but it’ll still take years for them to reach the majority of the devices.

All this has of course allowed manufacturers to make their own customizations on their Android UI. It’ll be interesting to see how this will be introduced in the Fuchsia, or will the UI be similar on all manufacturers’ devices?

Security 

At this day and age, Google will need to make everything to keep Fuchsia safe. Running the OS on any device and form factor makes it vulnerable for issues that other companies have. For example Microsoft had to fix Windows for multiple times because Intel’s CPUs had big vulnerabilities.

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This is continuity to the fragmentation part because there must be a fast way to deploy these security updates when necessary. Our part is just to hope that Google isn’t trying to swallow a too big of a bite.

IoT integration

Wether we ask it or not, everything is going to be connected to the internet. You can already buy fridges and microwave ovens that are connected to the internet. Everything else is to follow. Creating a new operating system and skipping IoT would be foolish.

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Most likely, Google is going to add their own IoT control environment to the Fuchsia. That’ll be another interesting thing to follow.

Device management for enterprises

One thing where Google is way behind Apple and Samsung, is mobile device management. From enterprises standpoint, it’s quite easy to buy Samsung and Apple phones and manage them via Knox or Apple DEP / MDM. Although Google is trying to catch up, it’s going to take time before Google’s solution will be the number one solution for most companies.

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That’s why I hope that Google is taking this seriously and creates a full on management system for all devices from desktops to smartphones and company cars. The management system should have everything from AD to remote connections, software deployment and remote device actions. This is an enormous task that Microsoft has worked years and years to improve.

The enterprise market could do with a competitor. Easiest way for Google to start is to make the device management better than any competition on the market with a competitive price tag. That would get them more customers and resources to create the full on server ecosystem.

 

I’ll just hope all the best for the Fuchsia project and wait impatiently writing these speculations.

Upcoming Nexus Launcher leaks

 

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Android Police has released leaked images and animations that show upcoming changes to the home screen of Nexus devices. 

Android Police reminds that the leak is not absolutely sure but is at the same time very confident. This is the very first leak so we have no idea how correct it is.

According to the leaks, Google will remove the app drawer icon and replace it with a sliding gesture and a tiny arrow. The search bar would also be replaced by a G button on the top left and a date information widget on the right.

If the leak is correct, the new home screen design would be available for the 2016 Nexus phones first as a Nexus Launcher. There’s no information if it would became available for non-Nexus devices later.

Source and the animation: Android Police

Google releases Android N developer preview

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Google has released the first developer preview of the Android N with Android Beta program. 

The next version of Android is now available for selected Nexus and Android One devices as a developer preview. It looks like the Nexus 5 will not receive the Android N update as it’s left out of the preview program.

There are two ways to update a Nexus device to the preview version. The image can be downloaded directly from Google and flashed to the phone with Android Studio. The second option is to join the beta program to receive updates over the air. The beta program site is currently down so we are not sure if it’s really an option.

The biggest new feature of the Android N is the multi-window or split-screen multitasking. The feature Samsung has had for ages is finally available in the stock Android. There are also some adjustments on the notifications and the Doze.

I’ll be joining the beta program when possible to be one of the firsts to try out the next Android.

Source: Google

Nexus 6P bends really easily

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Bendgate is back. This time it’s the Google’s flagship phone that gets destroyed completely.

A YouTuber called JerryRigEverything has released a video that reveals the weak structure of the Google Nexus 6P. The video shows that bending the Huawei built flagship phone doesn’t need too much force.

In the video Jerry points out that the 6P has a free floating aluminium back inside the outer case. They are held together by a plastic piece which is connected to the inner aluminium body with so called dovetail joints.

The other weak part is the positioning of the sleep and wake button. It’s placed perfectly at the place motherboard ends and the battery starts. As the aluminium is at its thinnest at the same point, it’s a natural place for the device to break in half.

The weakness of possibly the best Android phone of the year is alerting. Even though the phone needs to be bend just right to get it broke that spectacularly, smaller damage can be made more easily. Hopefully Google or Huawei steps up and explains the situation. Apple did replace some of the bent iPhone 6 Plus devices last year, will Google and Huawei do the same?

Pixel C brings Android to Pixel lineup

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At the Nexus event, Google also unveiled an Android-based tablet called Pixel C. The premium tablet competes with Surface and iPad Pro. 

So there’s no Nexus tablet this year. Instead we get the Pixel C, a Google designed and built premium tablet running Android 6.0 Marshmallow. It has a 10.2″ 2560x1800p LCD display, NVIDIA Tegra X1 SoC, 3GB of RAM and a USB Type-C charging port. The industrial design is inspired by previous Pixel products with boxy angles and understated details. The bezels are relatively large and the back has the light bar previously seen in Chromebook Pixel. The bar shows battery charge when double tapped.

The keyboard is a paid accessory but a major selling point. It connects with strong magnets and can be adjusted to an angle between 100° and 130° without a kickstand. The keyboard charges wirelessly when folded against the tablet and doesn’t need to be charged via cable.

The Pixel C starts at $499 and the keyboard costs $149. Both will be available for holidays.

Source: Google

Google releases the Nexus 6P and 5X

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Google has just announced the anticipated Nexus phones, 6P and 5X. Both phones have a great 12MP camera and a fingerprint scanner.

As expected, Google released the new Nexus phones today. The devices share a lot of features but compete in different categories. Both phones have the same rear camera, fingerprint scanner and the USB Type-C charging port. They both also run the latest version of Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The camera sensor has 12.3 megapixels and 1.55µm pixel size for better low light images.

The Nexus 6P packs a 5.7″ 1440p QHD AMOLED display, metal unibody design, front facing speakers, Snapdragon 810 SoC and 3GB of RAM. The front facing camera has 8 megapixels and the battery capacity is 3450mAh. The phone measures at 159,4 x 77,8 x 7,3mm and 178 grams and will be available in October in four colors, white, aluminium, black and gold. Storage options are 32, 64 and 128GB.

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The Nexus 5X has a 5.2″ 1080p LCD display, 2GB of RAM, 16 or 32GB of storage and a Snapdragon 808 SoC. The battery capacity is 2700mAh, front facing camera has 5 megapixels and the single speaker is located on the front. The device measures at 147 x 72,6 x 7,9 and 136 grams. Color options are white, black and “Ice Blue”.

Both devices will ship in October. The 6P starts at $499 for the 32GB model and the 16GB 5X comes at $379. The 6P competes against the very best flagships and the 5X will go against the phones like Moto X Pure Edition or OnePlus 2.

Source: Google

Nexus 6P leaks suggest AMOLED display and a big battery

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As we are getting closer to the official release, the Nexus 6P has started leaking even more. Now we have a complete slide show presentation about the bigger Nexus.

The full presentation, linked below, reveals almost everything we want to know about the upcoming Nexus 6P. Previously rumored 5.7″ QHD display and a Snapdragon 810 are confirmed and the impressive battery capacity, 3450mAh, is also leaked. USB Type-C and dual front facing speakers are also included as well as the storage and color options. The storage capacity options are 32, 64 and 128GB and the colors are the same that were leaked previously, white, aluminium, gold and black.

We were still missing some features but the rest of the presentation was uploaded to Google Drive. An AMOLED display, 3GB of RAM and 12/8MP cameras were leaked. Also the physical size of the device was included in the slides. The 6P measures at 159.4 x 77.8 x 7.3mm, slightly narrower and thinner than the Nexus 6 but the same in height.

All we are now missing is the price. The Nexus 5X will be the more affordable one but Google should have learned from last year, the Nexus 6 was just too expensive for some. The Nexus event is supposed to happen tomorrow and we will keep you posted.

Source: Imgur, Android Police