Google's Fuchsia OS will reportedly run Android apps

Angelica Greene
January 4, 2019

Earlier a year ago, Netflix also removed in-app subscription sign-ups in its Android app on Google Play. All in all, Fuchsia is still a mystery for the most part, even though we've already seen some graphical representations of the OS have been shown, well, parts of it.

Apple has a monopoly on its devices which allows the company to roll out updates quickly, whereas Google has to configure its Android Pie for various devices considering there are a myriad of smartphones running on Android. 9to5Google reported that the company is making a special version of the Android Runtime (ART) built to run Android apps on Fuchsia.

We've been learning tidbits about Google's secret operating system, Fuchsia OS, for quite a while now, but there still hasn't been any official word from Google about what it will be used for.

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Google won't abandon support for its old apps when it moves to a new OS, a report says. After all, development work on operating systems never actually ends, and it sounds like Apple is already testing iOS 13. Now, unlike Chrome OS and Android, both of which are based on Linux kernels, Fuchsia OS is based on a new microkernel called "Zircon". The first - "platform/prebuilts/fuchsia_sdk" contains a pre-built copy of the Fuchsia SDK, which would be used to create applications.

Of course, the specifics and the technical execution of this endeavor are likely to remain under wraps for a while longer, especially given the fickle nature of the Fuchsia initiative as a whole. It will be many months before we see Fuchsia in the wild.

When that will be is still unclear however; right now, the suggestion is that Fuchsia will begin running on smart home devices in the next three years, with a full public release arriving within the next five.

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