October 16, 2021

Google starts spreading Fuchsia OS to all Nest Hub users

Google has started rolling out Fuchsia OS to all users of the 2018 Nest Hub. This update was previously available to users in the Preview Program, but all users will be able to install the operating system in the near future.

Google Home Hub screen

Last week, Google updated the firmware page for Google Nest Hub and announced that it is bringing the firmware from the Preview Program to all users. Google confirms to 9to5google that it is the Fuchsia OS firmware, with version number 1.52.260996. This update has been available to Preview Program users since May .

With the update, consumers can use Fuchsia OS for the first time. Fuchsia was initially intended as a project to experiment with new ideas and techniques. It has since become a general-purpose open source OS with a focus on security, updates, and performance. The operating system is not developed around a Linux kernel, but based on a Zircon kernel developed by Google.

Owners of the 2018 model of the Nest Hub probably won’t notice much of the update. For example, no new features are coming to the device. However, 9to5google says based on experiences from colleagues that the device seems to work faster than before.