Google's Mysterious Fuchsia OS Gets a Weird UI Called Armadillo

Randall Craig
May 10, 2017

This third operating system, which first came into the limelight past year, is an open source, real-time OS called Fuchsia, and now, we have some new information on it. At the time, we learned that this new operating system supports both x86 and aarch64 (ARM 64-bit) architectures and that it isn't built using a variant of Linux. The new UI of the OS is called Armadillo, and it serves as "the default system UI for Fuchsia".

As seen in further images posted online by Ars Technica, Fuchsia appears to be a smartphone/tablet focussed operating system, indicating that perhaps Google has bigger plans for this OS in the long run. You can tap the center profile picture which opens an Android-like menu.

It could be a brand new chapter for Google's approach to make a revamped mobile OS, and at some level, replace Android. It also mentioned that the updated beta version of Android Nougat is going to be available to the public soon. The final one will get released most possibly by the end of third quarter 2017. We will most likely have to wait quite a while before we see Google potentially do anything with Fuchsia. The new interface, first spotted by, allows cards to be dragged around and used in a split-screen format. It runs an in-house developed microkernel that Google calls "Magenta", which the company describes as targeting "modern phones and modern personal computers with fast processors, non-trivial amounts of RAM with arbitrary peripherals doing open-ended computation".

Inside Fuchsia Armadillo is a user interface that's based on Material Design. The UI is codenamed Armadillo, and denoted by a logo bearing a very simple hand-drawn armadillo. Above that are a series of cards called "Story cards" that are basically your recent apps.

Below the home card sits an interface even more reminiscent of Google Now, complete with content suggested to the user by Google.

Fuchsia could be that combo-operating system. While Android is a wonderful mobile OS in its own right, licensing issues, JavaScript, and its roots in the mobile ecosystem of 2008 have caused Google trouble and tied the OS down in the past. You have a starting point that shows your profile photo along with time and location, followed by cards above that could be shortcuts to apps.

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