It’s no secret, Google has been working on a new open source operating system codenamed ‘Fuchsia.’ From what we know so far, the operating system is expected to run on smartphones, tablets and other devices that run Android. At last week’s I/O 2017 developer conference, everyone was expecting Google to shed more light on Fuchsia OS, but that did not happen. While it is also believed that Fuchsia OS might replace Android and Chrome OS someday, that is not likely to happen anytime soon.
Speaking to AndroidPolice during the Android Fireside Chat at I/O 2017 conference, Google’s VP of engineering for Android, Dave Burke, cleared some air around Fuchsia rumors. While Burke did not reveal much, he simply added saying “Fuchsia is a early-stage experimental project. We, you know, we actually have lots of cool early projects at Google. I think what’s interesting here is its open source, so people can see it and comment on it.” ALSO READ: Google I/O 2017: Augmented Reality is getting better and I’m very excited
Sure, it doesn’t answer the question on where exactly Fuchsia fit with the likes of Android and Chrome OS around. However, it does make one thing clear – Fuchsia isn’t replacing Android anytime soon. Burke further added saying, “Like lots of early stage projects it’s gonna probably pivot and morph. There’s some really smart people on it, people we’ve worked with who are great. and so, kind of exciting to see what happens. But it’s definitely a diff– sort of independent project to Android. and yeah, that’s basically it.”
Why is Fuchsia getting so much attention?
Yes, you may have heard about Fuchsia over the past few weeks and left wondering what’s the big deal around it. For starters, Android OS uses a kernel based on Linux. Fuchsia, on the other hand, uses Google’s kernel called Magenta. Google has long been battling patent lawsuit with Oracle for use of Java language on Android OS. By having its own kernel and coding language, Google could finally do away with paying royalties to Oracle. ALSO READ: Google I/O 2017: Key takeaways from day two of Google’s annual developer conference
A couple of weeks ago, we have come across leaked photo video of Fuchsia OS, offering a glimpse at Armadillo UI. It features a revamped look and feel, new way of navigation and interaction and more. The preview of the OS was also leaked in the form of an APK file, which you can download from here, just in case you want to give it a try.
Maybe not soon, but ‘one of the pivots and morphs’ could help Fuchsia be the successor to Android. We will be keeping a close tab on developments around Fuchsia OS.