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Google opens its Fuchsia operating system to allow outside developers to collaborate

The tech giant has been developing Fuchsia for four years and is now looking for new ideas to make it work.

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Google opens its Fuchsia operating system to allow outside developers to collaborate
Google opens its Fuchsia operating system to allow outside developers to collaborate

Four years ago Google introduced Fuchsia, a single operating system that would unify Android and Chrome OS. The company didn’t reveal much about it, but is now opening it publicly to the developer community to help create it.

Google’s idea is that one fuchsia Open source advocate for external contributors. That said, any developer can read the documentation and scan the problem tracker, sign up for a mailing list, work on supported devices or configure an emulator, and stay up to date on the project roadmap.

They will also change the organizational chart so that strategic decisions aren’t entirely dependent on them, the company announced. However, they make it clear that the tech giant will continue to take command.

“Google steers the direction of Fucsia and makes platform decisions”read the statement. All code submitted is owned by Google, although Google makes it publicly available under a BSD-like license.

Now developers can Download fuchsia source code from its official website, as well as the tools and emulator to make it work locally.

According to Google Fuchsia can work on any device, with joint software development and only one app store. While it will be “secure, updateable, inclusive and pragmatic”, it will not be intended as a replacement for Android or Chrome OS, but rather to unify them.

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