Before a Bluetooth-enabled device or software can be made available to the public, it must be approved by the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG). Tonight, part of Google’s long-running Fuchsia development system is listed in the Bluetooth SIG.
For the past years, we have patiently observed as Google has developed a new operating system, Fuchsia, completely from scratch. In fact, Fuchsia in particular boasts that it is not based on Linux, unlike Android and Chrome OS.
The Google fan community and developers have grown enthusiastic about what Fuchsia could potentially offer, being an entirely new operating system built for devices of virtually all types. At the time it was first discovered, Fuchsia has received very little in the way of public attention from Google, with only a few mentions about last year’s Google I / O event.
Tonight, a new listing from Google LLC arrived in the Bluetooth SIG for “Google Sapphire 1.0 Bluetooth Core Host Solution”. We know from past research on Google’s Fuchsia OS that “Sapphire” is the internal codename for Fuchsia’s Bluetooth fork, and Sapphire’s description on the Bluetooth SIG website also specifically calls for Fuchsia.
Having a part of an operating system reach Bluetooth SIG is actually a fairly common occurrence. Over the years, Android and Chrome OS have revised each of their Bluetooth software several times, to accommodate major changes.
So what exactly do we learn from this new list? Unfortunately, no more than Fuchsia will support Bluetooth 5.0, which should not come as a surprise, being the most current version of Bluetooth. In fact, we already knew that Fuchsia was demonstrated at a private Bluetooth SIG event, in 2018.
Rather, the best question is why – why did Google try to get Fuchsia, which still feels like a skunkworks project, certified by Bluetooth SIG? For now, all we can do is speculate.
My personal hope is that this is another step towards the public discovery of Fuchsia, especially since Fuchsia seems to have reached the “dog food” phase of recent months. On the contrary, it is equally possible that Fuchsia’s arrival at Bluetooth SIG could not have had any deeper meaning at all. Only time will tell.
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