Google's Fuchsia gets a rudimentary graphical user interface

  By Thom Holwerda - Posted on 2017-05-08 17:05:08 UTC at http://OSNews.com

Ars Technica has an article with screenshots about a new development in Fuchsia [https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2017/05/googles-fuchsia-smartphone-os-dumps-linux-has-a-wild-new-ui/], Google's research (maybe?) operating system. The project has a very basic and barebones graphical user interface now.

The home screen is a giant vertically scrolling list. In the center you'll see a (placeholder) profile picture, the date, a city name, and a battery icon. Above the are "Story" cards - basically Recent Apps - and below it is a scrolling list of suggestions, sort of like a Google Now placeholder. Leave the main screen and you'll see a Fuchsia "home" button pop up on the bottom of the screen, which is just a single white circle.

The GUI is called Armadillo, and Hotfixit.net has instructions on how to build it [http://www.hotfixit.net/single-post/2017/05/03/How-to-build-Armadillo], and a video of it in action [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7rRK4S9uk0].

Google still hasn't said anything about Fuchsia's purpose or intended goal, but Travis Geiselbrecht did state in IRC that it isn't a toy, and it isn't a 20% project. At this point, the safest bet is to just call it a research operating system, but of course, it's exciting to imagine this brand new open source operating system having a bigger role to play.

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