Google Building Non-Linux OS Called Fuchsia
Google is working on a new operating system called Fuchsia. The open-source platform is the first from Google that does not rely on Linux at its core. Instead, the operating system runs the Magenta kernel and, according to the documentation, it relies on the Flutter user interface and Dart programming language. The platform appears to be intended as an embedded operating system for IoT devices, but it can also run on smartphones and PCs. Google hasn't said much about the project, but the platform is available in pieces via GitHub. It's unclear if or when Google might release a complete, final version of the operating system.
Android 'M' Is for Marshmallow, Final Preview Build Released
Google today officially named the next version of its mobile operating system Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The company had strongly implied that Marshmallow would be the final name in a teaser video released last week.
Google Rebrands 'Android Wear' as 'Wear OS by Google'
Google today said it is getting rid of the Android Wear brand that has been a part of its smartwatch strategy for years. Moving forward, Google's platform for wearable devices will be called Wear OS by Google.
LG Smartwatches On Deck for Android Wear 2.0
LG indicated via its Google+ page that it intends to update a handful of its oldest smartwatches to Android Wear 2.0. First up are the G Watch R and Watch Urbane, which should receive the new operating system this week.
Oppo Makes Near-Stock Android Available to Some Phones
Oppo today began offering customers an alternative to its ColorOS. The company has created a new operating system based on Android 5.1 Lollipop that it calls Project Spectrum.