Fuchsia Friday: ‘Cleo’ prototype seemingly a wise clock

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Fuchsia Friday: ‘Cleo’ prototype seemingly a wise clock

With CES 2019 now within the rear-view, we’re reflecting on the improvements that have been on show, together with new methods to work together with the Google Assistant. Considered one of these, the Lenovo Good Clock, might maintain surprising solutions for Google’s {hardware} plans for Fuchsia.

The not too long ago unveiled Lenovo Good Clock marks the start of a brand new, extra-small class of gadget for the Assistant, rivaling the Echo Spot. With its teeny tiny 4-inch, 800×480 decision touchscreen, it’s no shock that Google and Lenovo needed to work on a brand new interface design, created by the identical minds behind Google’s Good Show UI.

The oldsters at Ars Technica received phrase that this good clock is powered by the MediaTek 8167S SoC, which instantly despatched up a flag in my thoughts. Google’s Fuchsia staff has been exhausting at work supporting this actual SoC since September. I knew I needed to dig deeper.

For the reason that SoC’s inclusion, Google has added two Fuchsia prototypes based mostly on the 8167S, Cleo and Eagle. (Eagle’s growth has been comparatively quiet so far.) In digging into Cleo, I found that the contact controller it’s utilizing solely helps screens as much as 4.5 inches. This strains up very nicely with the Lenovo Good Clock’s 4″ show.

The opposite three items of {hardware} data now we have on Cleo, 1GB of RAM, an ambient mild sensor, and an accelerometer (seemingly used to deal with the tap-to-snooze performance), all line up with the specs accessible for the Lenovo Good Clock. This makes it appear very believable that Fuchsia’s Cleo prototype is the Lenovo Good Clock or one other related good clock. (Because it stands, the Lenovo Good Clock runs on Android Issues, like most different good shows.)

Only a hunch

I’ve a (wild, extremely unsubstantiated) hunch although. Final 12 months at CES, Google launched us to the idea of Assistant good shows via third-parties, Lenovo included. Then 9 months later, on the 2018 Made by Google occasion, the corporate unveiled the Google Residence Hub, showcasing the corporate’s best for good show design.

5 months earlier than that, nonetheless, the Google Residence Hub appeared in Fuchsia’s supply code beneath the codename “Astro”. It’s solely potential, although actually a stretch to take a position at this level, that the sample might repeat, and we might see the Cleo prototype form into the subsequent Google Residence product.

However once more, that’s simply pure hypothesis based mostly on circumstantial proof. It’s additionally equally potential that Google is just engaged on supporting the Lenovo Good Clock (or one other, but unannounced good clock) in Fuchsia.

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