“Fuchsia,” a research project in Google, “could run on everything from lightweight, single-purpose devices (think ATMs and GPS units) all the way up to desktop computers. But unlike Android, Fuchsia isn’t based on Linux, nor is it derived from any of the other software that underpins nearly all personal computing and communications today. Instead, it’s an attempt to start from scratch,” says Jared Newman at Fast Company.

Here’s something you might not realize about your phones, tablets, and laptops: For the most part, they’re adaptations of software “kernels” that are quite old. Android uses the Linux kernel, which began development in 1991. Mac OS X, iOS, and other Apple platforms are based on Unix, which originated at AT&T’s Bell Labs in 1969. Windows computers are based on the Windows NT kernel, which dates back to 1993.

Fuchsia is designed as an operating system without nearly 50 years of bloat, and without the legal complications of all that accumulated intellectual property.

Yet another project Google is building without any plans to put it to work.

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