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Now on its fourth year, the annual Google I/O conference in Mountain View, California is a much-anticipated event as the technology giant always announces what it has in store for the upcoming year.
During the conference, the technology company quietly acknowledged that it is working on another operating system called Fuchsia. Although it was not mentioned on the main stage, it was part of the Google I/O 2019 Developer Keynote.
It was mentioned as part of the expansion of Flutter SDK entitled ‘Bringing Flutter to the Web.’ The post says that Flutter supports various platforms, including Fuchsia.
Fuchsia was also briefly mentioned during the Fireside Chats. On the last day of the developer conference, Google SVP Hiroshi Lockheimer spoke at a Fireside chat with the theme Fuchsia is Google’s New Investment in Trying New OS Concepts. According to him, Fuchsia is just one of the many experiments and investments that Google has ventured into.
Lockheimer also mentioned that they have many projects underway, trying new concepts around operating systems. Lockheimer, who is the chief of Android and Chrome O/S for Google downplayed the narrative that Fuchsia is set to replace the two major operating systems.
The emphasis, he says, is on learning new technologies and not saying that “This is the new Android or this is the new Chrome OS”. He further mentions that whatever they learn from Fuchsia, they can incorporate into other products, since it can be optimized for other form factors.
Although he is very cryptic in his responses, he also gave additional information about Google making room for multiple operating systems with various strong points and specializations, Fuchsia being one of them.
Another Fireside Chat during Google I/O 2019 involved the Android team, which as entitled Future of Wear OS, Fuchsia, and Foldables.
One Fuchsia-related question was directed towards Dave Burke, who is the VP of Engineering for Android. Burke mentioned that he doesn’t really know anything about Fuchsia, except for the collaboration between the Android and Fuchsia teams.
Since 2016, there has been speculation that Fuchsia OS will be replacing Android and Chrome O/S. Last year, a report came out that Google will be rolling out products with the Fuchsia OS in the next three years, a claim that Google has denied.
What is it about Fuchsia O/S that excites so many techies?
- For one thing, it will have improved synchronization and simpler navigation across devices. Currently, Google has a lot of operating systems across various forms of hardware.
- With Fuchsia, Google will be able to have one single OS power all gadgets from smartphones, smartwatches, computers, smart appliances, and more.
- Fuchsia will be able to solve one of Android’s biggest letdowns: there seems to be no continuity among its operating systems – Android for mobile phones, Android TV, and Android Auto.
- Fuchsia will be able to create a streamlined user interface from device to device. Fuchsia also has architectural advantages over Android and Chrome OS, which are both based on Linux.
- Fuchsia uses its own custom kernel called “zircon”, which was built by the Google team.
Although Google did mention Fuchsia during the I/O Conference, details about the company’s specific plans with the next-gen operating system are still under wraps.
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