Google has a growing portfolio of operating systems under development, ranging from the popular to the less known, and otherwise redundant projects like Fuchsia OS. But it appears Google may also be working on yet another operating system, “Pigweed” as spotted on a new US trademark application.
The company recently applied for "Pigweed" trademark registration to cover “computer operating software” category, first spotted by Redditor lgats, on the USPTO website.
Albeit, Pigweed was also spotted in the Chromium code repository and a proposed code change for Fuchsia OS. While the FCC and trademark sleuth, has Google filing for a new trademark application with the USPTO for the name “Pigweed” which application states that the Pigweed trademark will cover computer operating software.
What's the meaning of the name "Pigweed"?
Pigweed is a specie of Amaranthus, a cosmopolitan genus of short-lived perennial plants, with some species cultivated as vegetables, and ornamental plants.
The name may have come about from its use as fodder for pigs, as Pigweed plants are commonly considered weeds by farmers and gardeners because they thrive more in disturbed soils.
What's the Chance for A Google Pigweed OS?
There is a likelihood that Pigweed and Fuchsia are perhaps the same or at least, related as seen in Google’s Chromium code repository, with the reference to Pigweed. It is present in the code of “Monorail” which is the issue tracker for Chrome and some other Google projects.
Though, this reference could be a co-incidence by the proposed change made by the developers. The proposed code change made direct reference to “pigweed” before the switch to “fuchsia” from November.
It isn't clear enough, however, to make any conclusive statement that Pigweed and Fuchsia are the same project. The developers that proposed the name change are in multiple other Google projects and it may simply be a co-incidence, albeit perhaps the developers are aware of what Pigweed is, nonetheless.