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Google wants to expand Fuchsia

by on12 October 2021

Wants it on new smart devices and form factors

Search engine Google is looking to expand the Fuchsia operating system from its current home on the Nest Hub to additional smart devices and other form factors.

According to some new job listings, Google appears to be hiring more software engineers dedicating to the Fuchsia operating system. The first listing, for "Staff Software Engineer, Fuchsia Devices," celebrates Fuchsia's recent milestone and points clearly to Google wanting Fuchsia to run on more "real world products" than just smart displays.

"In 2021 we shipped Fuchsia to millions of Google smart displays, now it's time to expand to additional smart devices and other form factors. Come join us and work on the next-generation Google operating system! Although the first uses of Fuchsia are smart displays, we are working on expanding to additional form factors and use cases. The Fuchsia Devices team is responsible for making sure we can successfully apply the Fuchsia platform to real world products that make a difference to Google and our users", the advert said.

The job listings point to the type of  devices Fuchsia will head towards. The advert hints that Nest Hub Max and Nest Hub (2nd Gen) may be getting their chance to switch to Fuchsia soon.

In another listing, for "Engineering Manager, Fuchsia Devices", the company explains that the Fuchsia Devices team is aiming to "[expand] the reach of Nest/Assistant to new form factors" through "real consumer devices".

"The Fuchsia Devices Smart Products team is part of the larger Fuchsia organization and is responsible for productionizing various types of Fuchsia Devices. Our team delivers real consumer devices to end users and enables you to have a large impact at Google by expanding the reach of Nest/Assistant to new form factors", the advert said.

This could suggest entirely new device categories for Google's Nest lineup, powered by Fuchsia. This includes Chromecast, Video Conferencing and Machine Learning. In this case Chromecast is likely to be how Google's speakers and displays can receive a "Cast" from phones.

Made by Google devices may soon not be the only ones shipping with Fuchsia. According to another listing, Google is looking for someone on Fuchsia's "platform graphics and media" team to, among other things, "influence hardware decisions made by partners".

"As a Staff Software Engineer on the Fuchsia team, you'll drive the technical direction for Graphics and Media and ensure that Fuchsia is bringing maximum value to partners and Fuchsia-based products. You also will influence hardware decisions made by partners to improve Fuchsia and Google's ability to deliver efficient software solutions for critical Graphics and Media workloads", the advert said.

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