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Tech giant Google is reportedly planning to upgrade its Nest speakers to ‘fuchsia’, which could launch next year.

“Fuchsia” is an operating system developed by Google. Fuchsia is based on a unique kernel called Zircon, unlike Google’s Linux-based operating systems such as Chrome OS and Android.

As 9to5Google reports , a new prototype device called “Clover” surfaced this week, which is said to run on an Amlogic A113L chip, which appears to be a sign of Nest’s upcoming new speaker.

There is speculation that it could be the third-generation Nest Mini, but there is also the possibility that it could be the new Chromecast Audio.

Unlike all other Google prototypes written in Fuchsia code, support for Clover is not being created by Google.

Instead, the Amlogic dev team contributed Fuchsia code for this likely Nest speaker.

Moreover, it is expected that “Clover” is not the only device that Amlogic (a semiconductor company) has added to the Fuchsia code in the past few months.

Codenamed “Buckeye,” the new Fuchsia prototype, built on the same Amlogic A113X2 SoC, appears to have been developed entirely in private and then “moved” into the public Fuchsia code, the report added.

Amlogic developers have been working on Fuchsia support for the A113X2 or “A5” processor since May.

There isn’t much publicly available information on this chip, however one listing says it’s an audio-focused SoC with enhanced machine learning features, similar to the Synaptics AudioSmart range seen in recent Nest speakers.

At this point, there is no indication that Buckeye will be made by Google. Instead, it appears to be an Amlogic product only, according to the report.

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