Although not much is said about him, we have known for quite some time the existence of Fuchsia OS, a new operating system developed by Google. Little is known about its future, whether it will be the successor of Android or Chrome OS, whether it will be an operating system to dominate them all or whether it will be a new OS focused on other things beyond mobile phones and computers. We’ve heard about him for the first time in three years, but it’s still a mystery.
Google has not talked much about Fuchsia OS. In fact, it was curious that at the opening conference of Google I / O 2019 he was hardly mentioned, beyond a couple of words and in passing.
However, it seems that the Big G has begun to open a little and reveal some details, not many, about what Fuchsia OS is and what we can expect from it. And no, it does not seem that he has planned to replace Android, at least for the moment.
It is not a question only of mobiles and computers
It has been Hiroshi Lockheimer, senior vice president of Android, Chrome, and Chromecast, who has spoken about this operating system during the recording of ‘The Vergecast’ (the podcast of The Verge). According to Lockheimer, from Google, they are “investigating what a new version of an operating system might look like.” However, “people are getting excited saying” Oh, this is the new Android “or” This is the new Chrome OS “, even though” Fuchsia is not really going that way “.
According to Lockheimer, “Fuchsia is about boosting the state of the art in terms of operating systems ” and see what things they can learn from Fuchsia to implement in their portfolio of products. In other words, Fuchsia is a testing ground to experiment and see what things can or can not work on, for example, Android, Chrome OS, and other devices.
“Right now everyone assumes that Fuchsia is for phones, but what if it could be used for other things?”
It is in “other devices” where Lockheimer’s point resides, that “Fuchsia can also be optimized for other form factors, so we are experimenting”. “Think of dedicated devices,” the executive continues, “right now everyone assumes that Fuchsia is for phones, but what if it could be used for other things?”
And what other things could it be? Effectively, IoT (Internet of Things) devices. “It’s not just a matter of mobiles and computers,” Lockheimer said. “In the IoT world, there is a growing number of devices that require an operating system, execution times, etc. I think there is a lot of space for multiple operating systems with different strengths and specializations, Fuchsia is such a thing.”
Fuchsia OS aims to be an operating system designed to meet the needs of IoT devices
In short, Fuchsia OS is not, or at least, is not intended to be the new Android or the new Chrome OS. Fuchsia seems to be a versatile operating system, adaptable to different form factors and, therefore, to devices. Think of an OS that you can implement on a watch, a wristband, a washing machine, a mobile phone, a smart speaker or a connected mirror. The idea, it seems, is to offer an alternative.
Anyway, at the moment Fuchsia OS does not stop being a Google experiment. Public, yes, available in a Git repository for your query, yes, but an experiment after all. It seems that Android, Chrome OS, and Wear OS still have a way ahead and time.