Will Fuchsia replace Android? Will this new potential successor to Android serve better than Android? Is it the Next Big Thing avid developers are waiting for? Well, the ambiguity still exists when it is about the answers to these questions. However, in this blog, we will try to highlight the idea behind this new “universal” operating system, Fuchsia.
Google already has many feathers in its cap. And Flutter and Fuchsia are the new addition to the family. Flutter has gained incredible popularity in the recent past, and now Fuchsia is turning all the eyes. Very little is known about Google Fuchsia yet, but it is an Android-Chrome hybrid OS that will power all gadgets.
It highly focuses on the thought that users should be capable of doing whatever they want from any device they have. The release date of Google Fuchsia is not known, but Google first landed with the Fuchsia project on GitHub in August 2016.
The word Fuchsia means a combination of Pink and Purple color. It is an open-source and free piece of software that is expected to support all the Android applications. Fuchsia has the potential to handle all Internet of Things, and it is not based on Linux!! Surprised right? Well, Fuchsia is based on a new microkernel named “Zircon” by Google. Zircon, which means “little kernel,” is embedded with an extra layer of security having the power to handle all the incompetencies of an OS. Zircon was earlier named as Magenta but later was changed to Zircon by a coder named Travis Geiselrechet.
Fuchsia’s documentation is impressive, and it supports the same programming language as that of Flutter, Dart. Fuchsia looks promising when it comes to running applications across smartphones, tablets, and desktops. It is expected to deliver larger things than we expect from an Operating System. Let’s deep dive into the details of Google’s Fuchsia.
So, What is Google Fuchsia OS for?
Google decided to bring all together(features and functionalities) in a new OS to the world with only the sole purpose of connecting millions of devices at a single platform. And hence it released a disruptive OS Fuchsia having efficient functionalities that work efficiently across all the platforms. It is possible that it may replace the Android platform in the near future.
To run Android applications, it will make use of specially designed Android Run Time (ART). The program written using Flutter SDK will allow the Android devices to run a few parts on Google Fuchsia. Google is making efforts to unite the entire ecosphere and bring it under a unique OS.
If we believe the rumors then, it is expected that Fuchsia will be first tried on smart home devices like smart speakers, then gradually it will move to laptops and then to smartphones. The Verge, Lockheimer says,
“We’re looking at what a new take on an operating system could be like. Fuchsia is about just pushing the state of the art in terms of operating systems and things that we learn from Fuchsia we can incorporate into other products.”
It looks like Google has better and larger plans to launch Fuchsia and connect billions of IoT devices in the future. The main element of this plan is the UI and apps written with Flutter.
Flutter will ease out the app development process, and almost every mobile and IoT device will be based on that. Flutter is easy to learn for the coders, and hence, Flutter + Fuchsia is a perfect revolutionary combination of technologies.
Both of them together will bring a paradigm shift and make lives forward and smarter. Fuchsia will lead automation to another level. Also, Fuchsia supports both Dart and Flutter. Dart is the programming language, and Flutter is the cross-platform UI tool kit. Since both Flutter and Fuchsia are in their early stages, you can expect a big launch subsequently.
If you observe the recent change made to Google’s Android Open Source Project, you will confirm the news about how Google is trying to make Fuchsia suitable for Android applications. However, Google is reluctant to give any official declaration regarding Fuchsia. But, news reports suggest that it has already started hiring engineers to handle Fuchsia’s progress.
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Now, let’s dive into Google’s Fuchsia features:
Fuchsia comprises different yet connected interfaces, namely, “Phone-centrin Armadillo” and “Capybara.” However, both of them are in the early stages of development and expected to have impressive capabilities. Let’s have a closer look at the special features:
Google Fuchsia is designed in a way to meet the requirements of the cross-platform device. From smartphones, wearables, laptops to tablets, Fuchsia focuses on delivering the same user experience throughout. Fuchsia developers can use a single codebase to build apps for various platforms.
Fuchsia will assist developers in creating compelling UI. You will instantly think of making the shift to the Material Design on Google OS. Fuchsia will ensure that you have beautiful UI components, including background, notifications, buttons, arrows, and more. On top of that, you can even personalize your screen using drag and drop features.
As mentioned above, Google has big plans for Fuchsia. It will make use of the app drawers, camera, and on-screen API authentication to make it more assistant friendly.
Answering the question, Will Fuchsia replace Android?
Well, Fuchsia extends its support for Android applications and apps will run on it. So, there is no need to worry about it at this stage. Also, the Android market is huge and gigantic, and so we believe that it is challenging for Google to fragment and break the market to compete with itself. Hence, you can expect Fuchsia to replace Android, but in later years.
Along with this, Google Fuchsia’s team also has to work hard, keeping the applications UI recognizable as that of Android and Chrome apps.
Fuchsia is different from Android and Chrome in many ways. It relies on microchips, which helps in reducing load and thereby increases the application performance. Also, it doesn’t have pre-installed files, which can lower down the application’s performance. Fuchsia offers maximum flexibility to developers for building applications from scratch.
However, it is too early to speculate anything about future development at this stage. This being said, Fuchsia’s future is bright and vibrant if the development goes precisely in the same manner as we imagined.
We are already looking forward to trying the new OS Fuchsia, are you? You can check out the GitHub repository, which is public and has more detailed insights from it. In the meanwhile, we wait for an official project release from Google.
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