Google's New Fuchsia OS to Support Android Apps

Angelica Greene
January 3, 2019

It rarely happens that there's a new operating system kernel is being developed as it requires tons of work. This new OS has been known as Project Fuchsia so far. By the fact it will run Android applications, Fuchsia will join the likes of Chrome OS, which is capable of doing the same thing.

A file posted on the Android Open Source Project suggests that the search giant is implementing a specially made version of Android Runtime (ART) - the architecture used by the apps - in the upcoming operating system, as previously reported by 9to5Google.

Even so, rumors are thin on the ground, and the reality is that we just don't know when the new operating system will be launched.

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Unfortunately, the README doesn't explain how Fuchsia will use ART from there.

However, letting people continue to use their Android apps would certainly make a transition to the new OS easier. It could run in a Linux virtual machine, or it could merely replace Linux kernel calls with equivalents from Fuchsia's Zircon kernel.

But however bold and big this project will get before commercially materializing, wide-scale adoption is going to be tricky to pull off, which is why Fuchsia absolutely needs to be compatible with the large number of Android apps out there. One of these ended up containing a pre-built copy of the Fuchsia SDK (which would be used to create applications for Fuchsia), while the other was speculated that it could be a device that could be loaded into the Android Emulator so that it could run Fuchsia OS. That transition would be really hard for Google, though, and considering that the company is aiming to let Fuchsia run Android applications via ART, well, it is possible that it will launch as a separate entity, and stay in that form, though that would basically mean that Google has three operating system in the market, Android, Chrome OS, and Fuchsia, all of which are capable of running on a wide range of devices.

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