Google updates Nest Hub 2nd Gen to use Fuchsia OS

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Google is rolling out an update for the second-generation Nest Hub to make it the third device to run the company’s homegrown Fuchsia OS.

Fuchsia was developed by Google from scratch and was officially launched in 2021 as an update for the original Nest Hub smart display, with the larger Nest Hub Max following in 2023.

The project aims to create an open-source operating system for smart home devices. However, Google is actively developing a way to run Linux and Android apps “natively” on Fuchsia so it could expand beyond.

With regards to this latest Fuchsia upgrade, it’s not expected to change the feature set of the Nest Hub (2nd Gen).

You can find out if your smart display has been updated by checking the version number, whether on the display itself or in the Google Home app. If the ‘Technical information’ page in Settings lists a “Fuchsia version,” then your Nest Hub has been updated.

Google is clearly in the process of revamping its smart home strategy. The company recently discontinued updates for third-party smart displays and Nest Hub displays are losing numerous Assistant-powered apps and games later this year.

All three of Google’s current smart displays will have been updated from Cast OS to Fuchsia once this latest upgrade is complete. Fuchsia is also expected to replace the Linux-based Cast OS on Nest speakers in the near future.

You can find out how to develop for Fuchsia OS on the project’s website here.

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