Google's mysterious Fuchsia OS spotted on AOSP with native support for Android apps

By Digit NewsDesk | Updated 29 Apr 2018
Google's mysterious Fuchsia OS spotted on AOSP with native support for Android apps
  • Mishaal Rahman, Editor-in-Chief of XDA Developers, stated on Twitter that the mystery OS has recently appeared on AOSP, raising hopes of more details being revealed at Google I/O 2018.

Google's mystery project, Fuchsia OS, has seen considerable speculations ever since word about its existence first started spreading. The company, however, has always remained tight-lipped about the in-development operating system, and not much is known about it, yet. Recently, Fuchsia OS was spotted on Android Open Source Project (AOSP), and appears to integrate ART (Android Runtime). This essentially means that while Fuchsia OS is not built on open source Linux code like Android, it will still be able to run apps from the vast directory of applications available on Android OS.

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Fuchsia OS is built on a new microkernel that was formerly named Magenta, and has since been renamed to Zircon. Google's intentions behind building the new operating system is not yet clear, but its appearance on AOSP and inclusion of ART gives it a big edge. Most of our everyday computing is done via mobile devices, and with Android OS powering the major share of mobile devices across the world, the importance of app support is tumultuous. The biggest difficulty that a newly-developed operating system faces in the present world is the lack of compatibility and hence lack of crucial services. With Fuchsia OS including ART, the compatibility barrier gets removed, and opens up multiple possible usage scenarios of the new OS.

While the project is still believed to be in very early stages, this move will mark as progress. Speculations suggest that Google may be developing the OS as an exclusive platform for its own hardware, and Fuchsia can premiere alongside Google's own manufactured mobile phones, tablets and low-power laptops. The Mountain View-based company will then have closer integration of the software optimised specifically for its harware, just like Apple. Furthermore, it will also gain a level of exclusivity for the barrage of devices running on Android, and also be able to closely monitor and troubleshoot glitches, bugs, security flaws and other details. With the entire base of Android apps also available, Google will also include support for millions of apps across different form factors, which will add to a person's intention behind investing on a product.

Fuchsia OS may make its first-ever public appearance at Google I/O 2018, which begins on May 9, 2018. Stay tuned as we bring you more updates on this mystery OS by Google, and all that the company has been up to, of late.

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