06 August 2021
Last month, Google made Fuchsia OS available for first-gen Nest Hub device users. This makes it the first device to run this new operating system publically. It is meant to replace Cast OS that these devices were running previously. While the update rollout is still underway, it is hard to know visually whether a particular unit is running the newer or older OS.
This is because Fuchsia OS does not bring any changes to the user interface and visual appearance of Nest Hub's software. It seems exactly the same as the Linux-based Cast OS. In other words, the users will not notice any difference unless they look in specific places. It is the reason Google has now released instructions on how to check if your Nest Hub is running Fuchsia OS.
Google has listed a bunch of firmware versions that are linked with Fuchsia OS. If your Nest Hub device happens to be running any of these firmware versions, it is an indication that you are indeed using the newer operating system. One can check for the firmware version installed on their device by visiting the About Device section within system settings.
One can also check for the firmware version by visiting the Android and iOS companion applications. The name of the app is Google Home that helps users take control of different smart home products and appliances. You will need to ensure that the device and app are either connected to the same WiFi network or linked with the same Google account.