The top-secret Fuchsia OS, which was first spotted online in 2016, already has more than 100 employees dedicated to its advancement. It won’t be launching anytime soon, but there’s an internal goal to get Fuchsia on the market within the next five years. Google, according to Bloomberg, has gotten serious about the project and various teams are debating the direction it should go in.
Based on the report, it looks like Fuschia must prove its viability to Sundar Pichai and Hiroshi Lockheimer. The two high-level executives are unsure Android needs to be replaced. Android is active on more than 2 billion devices and showing no signs of fatigue.
The platform boasts 24,000 different devices and over 1 million apps on Google Play. Android remains ahead of iOS in global market share, so abandoning it in a rush for Fuchsia seems unlikely.
Google is developing the new operating system to be on anything and everything. Because there are still some limitations with Android, the Mountain View-based company has poured resources into the project. The goal is to make its entire hardware portfolio run Fuchsia for easier management.
Internally, the split is whether Fuchsia should live on all hardware or just a limited set of connected devices. The project’s engineers, however, are working with the intention to have it on smart speakers, followed by laptops, and finally mobile devices.
With that said, there could eventually be a Pixel phone, a Pixelbook, and a Home sharing software.
The project also faced a hurdle when engineers expressed concern over privacy. It ultimately went in favor of Google’s advertising team. As we all know, Google doesn’t charge for its services but collects a certain amount of information to monetize through targeted ads.
Despite its grand nature, Fuchsia would need backward compatibility. Google can’t expect all consumers to jump to the new platform if third-party app developers are skeptical. Fuchsia would likely run Android apps in some capacity in the beginning.
The hardware manufacturers who’ve helped make Android the world’s most popular mobile operating system can’t be forgotten, either. Aside from Android, these companies are also involved in Chrome OS and other Google-made products. If there’s a transition, the move from Android to Fuchsia will probably take years for the former to be retired.
As for its appearance, no one really knows what Fuchsia is all about. The report only tells us what’s going on inside the Googleplex.
Google does want Fuchsia on its smart speakers within three years; therefore, we won’t have to wait an eternity to know something substantial about the software. Now everyone just has to be patient.