Huawei has been playing with Google's Fuschia OS with Honor Play since last year. Despite the ban, the Chinese tech giant is still interested in partnering with the Fuschia OS. Google's Fuschia has had basic support for a pair of developer boards including the HiKey 960 based around Kirin 960, Huawei's own processor according to creator 96Boards.
Huawei developers had been silently working to improve Fuschia's HiKey 960 support for the trade ban was enforced by the US president, which meant they could not access Google's apps and services. The development stopped just as the alleged Huawei-branded Google Assistant-driven Smart Speaker the two companies worked with to launch at IFA in Berlin this year.
That was the case until yesterday when a Huawei developer signed up for a Fuschia Gerrit source code administration. The developer had both a Gmail account and a Huawei email account suggesting that Huawei is back on track with Fuschia.
The developer asked if there are new steps to build only Zircon. Zircon is a base layer and part of Fuschia four different parts (Zircon, Garnet, Peridot and Topaz). From the question, it looks like Huawei is interested in the micro kernel, as the developer asks for instructions on how to build on that part.
This latest disclosure is quite interesting. Huawei is either looking to use the micro-kernel (although Huawei's HongMengOS has its own micro-kernel) which comes with its benefits, such as being slim in nature unlike other operating systems including Android, Windows and macOS or prepping itself even because the Fuschia OS goes live.
Only time will tell.
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