Google has begun moving a silent update to its new Fuchsia operating system on first-generation Nest Hubs (so-called In connection with the release of the Google Home Hub), which means that a secret project is widely used by consumers after years of opaque development. The operating system, unlike Android, is not based on Linux and uses a micronucleus called Zircon, previously available for some devices that had registered for the preview program in May.
Now Google has confirmed 9to5Google that the new firmware update for non-preview Nest Hub devices includes the Fuchsia update, which means that all first-generation devices should use Fuschia sooner or sooner. I just checked on my desktop – what Google explains here – and indeed, it turns out that it is now in Fuchsia.
You may have thought that I would have noticed that the device I watch and use every day has a whole new operating system, but Google is trying to make the experience as similar as possible. Even the poor performance of the first generation Nest Hub seems to be very similar, in good or bad condition. The only way to know that you have Fuchs is to check the About Device section of the settings menu, and even then the operating system is not mentioned by name.
This means that the first large-scale introduction of Fuchsia is not quite as exciting as the possibilities imagined when the word of the project began to appear more than five years ago. At the same time, it’s quite impressive that Google has managed to seamlessly replace the core software of a popular product in a way that most people never notice.