Huawei starts testing the Fuchsia operating system from Google in the Honor Play

Ever since Google’s mysterious Fuchsia operating system made its first appearance, we’ve barely heard from it. The company has not confirmed or denied anything about it, something that has only increased the speculation around its development to replace Android.

However, now, two years later, a new code change has revealed which manufacturer is behind the first Android smartphone that is being used as a test bed for Fuchsia . To the surprise of many, it is Huawei, and the model in question is the Honor Play .

Honor Play as a test bench for a revolutionary operating system

Project Fuchsia (also called Fuchsia OS or Google Fuchsia) was discovered when Google started publishing code in its GitHub repository. In 2017, we were able to see its appearance for the first time and later it was confirmed that it was not based on Linux, but on the Zircon microkernel developed by Google.

Last July, new details appeared that suggested that Fuchsia’s purpose would be to completely replace Android in a five-year period. And not only this, but also Chrome OS. That is, Fuchsia will be an operating system for all kinds of devices.

A Huawei engineer has published an update that reveals that the company has been working for the new operating system to run on devices with Kirin 970 processor

Within ‘Fuchsia Gerrit source code management’, the platform where engineers and developers publish their advances, tests and code changes, we have been seeing different updates without important content. So far, because a Huawei engineer has released an update that directly reveals that the company has been working to get the new operating system running on devices based on its Kirin 970 processor, starting with the Honor Play.

As we see in the image, the confirmation message clearly indicates that the engineer was able to boot the device in Zircon, the Fuchsia core, but makes no mention of the other layers of the operating system.

What we do know is that the list of devices that incorporate the Kirin 970 chip currently includes ten models, so that very soon we could see new tests with Fuchsia in any of them.

Considering the relationship that links Huawei with Google for some time (which in turn resulted in the Nexus 6P), this revelation would not have surprised anyone but because the situation of the Chinese manufacturer is so delicate in the United States that many of those terminals (including the Honor Play) are not available there.