Will Google's mysterious new system Fuchsia be the end of Android?

Will Google's mysterious new system Fuchsia be the end of Android?

The first news about Google's new system Fuchsia appeared in 2016. So far, nearly two years have passed since then. During the period, everyone has always expected that Google will announce the news of this system that integrates the desktop operating system Chrome OS and the mobile operating system Android. However, after two sessions of Google Developers Conference, apart from some rumors from the private sector, official news about Fuchsia can be said to be very few.

Currently, the best Chromebooks like Google Pixelbook run the Chrome OS desktop operating system, but they can run Android applications through the Google Play Store. However, the Fuchsia system will go further. It will take over the unique and unified operating system developed by Google for devices such as mobile phones, tablets and Chromebooks.

So far, we haven't seen any release information about the Google system Fuchsia, but we haven't "lost" anything. A Reddit user apparently found evidence that Google is developing an "AltOS mode", which allows switching between Chrome OS and an "alternative operating system" in a dual-boot configuration, but recently we found news that Google is working on Its hardware adds Windows support-so this "AltOS mode" may also have nothing to do with Fuchsia. However, when it finally enters the market, this can be used as a way to run Fuchsia.

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  • What is Fuchsia? A cross-device operating system that combines Android and Chrome OS

  • When will Fuchsia be released? Earlier versions can already run on Google Pixelbook

  • What does Fuchsia need from us? May not need anything, just like Android and Chrome OS


Google Pixelbook running an earlier version of Fuchsia OS (Image Credit: Ars Technica )

What is Google Fuchsia?

Google Fuchsia is a converged operating system that is still under development. According to a report by 9to5Google , this Fuchsia system consists of two distinct but interrelated user interfaces (UI): one with a mobile phone as the center, code-named "Armadillo" UI (also known as Fuchsia's system UI), and the other It is a traditional desktop UI, the internal codename is "Capybara".

So far, compared to the laptop version of the Fuchsia system, its mobile version is better known. But ArsTechnica showed everyone that Google Pixelbook can run a very early version of the Fuchsia system. In addition, according to a recent report by 9to5Google , 13-year-old independent developer Noah Cain independently built a running version of Fuchsia's Capybara design style.

"Fuchsia will complete many functions of Microsoft and Apple in the continuity of Windows 10 and iOS-to-macOS Sierra, respectively, but using Google's approach."

Depending on the hardware used, dividing the operating system into two separate user interfaces is a classic Microsoft practice. So the size of Windows 10 depends on whether it can be used with desktop computers, mobile phones, tablets or game consoles at the same time. In fact, the only unity of Windows 10 is its kernel, which is the basic code that controls most of the functions of the operating system.

As far as Fuchsia is concerned, its kernel is called "Zircon". In addition to being designed to continuously access applications to ensure application security, it can also be continuously upgraded, adding an additional layer of security, and eliminating applications Incompatibility between the program and the system update.

Whether it is a mobile or desktop operating system version, Fuchsia is full of Material Design designs that can be seen everywhere in Google's Android devices and Chrome OS products. Shadow is an important element of design aesthetics. Fuchsia uses a Vulkan-based image rendering engine named "Escher", which seems to be custom developed by Google to run Google's shadow-heavy "Material Design" interface guide. The result of this is that it has a deeper interface than products running traditional flat operating systems.

In addition, the interface and applications of the system are written with Google's Flutter SDK . This project can provide cross-platform code that runs on Android and iOS. Flutter app is written in Dart language.


The running effect of Google Fuchsia system on smart phone devices

Fuchsia also pays great attention to the card-like interface, each application you open will be presented in the form of a card-in addition, you can also put multiple applications into a card. Therefore, users will focus on these "tasks" at hand, not just the application.

Above we mentioned Flutter, a new cross-platform mobile application development framework developed by Google, so these applications should look the same on different devices.

In addition, Fuchsia will access and use your applications and information more deeply around Google Assistant to provide more operations and judgments. According to the content of a GitHub developer's page, Google refers to these applications and information as "entities", and all these applications and information can be accessed on Fuchsia through Google Assistant. According to a recent demonstration , it further explains that Google Assistant will be deeply integrated on the Fuchsia system.

Finally, Fuchsia hopes to become the best cross-device operating system to date. To achieve this goal, Fuchsia uses a new tool called "Ledger" . Once you log in to your Google account on your Fuchsia device, Ledger will automatically save your location in all applications installed on all Fuchsia devices.

All in all, Fuchsia Google tries to integrate the best features of Chrome OS and Android into a single operating system, which will be more efficient when you use it and when you leave.


This may be where Fuchsia made its debut

When will Google Fuchsia be released?

Since August 2016, the release date of the Fuchsia system has been rumored many times-but the results are not true. These rumors usually appear before the Google IO Developer Conference held by Google in California, and in October last year, when we knew that there would be a major hardware release.

According to reports, in February 2018, Nick Kralevich, the former head of Google's Android platform security, left the Android team and joined the Fuchsia department to be responsible for "defining security". Kralevich described it as a "new experimental operating system", but did not disclose any specific release time window, but this does show that Google chose to place Fuchsia in the most critical resource position.

This should help us predict when Fuchsia will appear on the prepared device: probably not before 2019. Of course, this does not mean that Fuchsia will be absent in 2018, because Google may release a preview version this year to prepare for the release of the mainstream version in 2019.

However, please stay tuned to us anyway, because we will provide you with the latest news as soon as the release date of Fuchsia approaches.


So the last question is, as we know, will Fuchsia be the end of Android?

What does Fuchsia mean for Android and Chrome, as well as Windows and macOS?

Google has not yet released an official statement to explain the reason and use of Fuchsia, and all that is left to us is speculation. "Modern mobile phone" sounds like a product that may eventually compete with Android, but now this system is still "young" and everything is hard to say.

Data shows that Android's market share in mobile operating systems has long surpassed that of iOS, and has steadily occupied more than half of the country. In the PC market, Chrome OS is also gaining momentum, and its shipments even exceed Apple's MacBook experience. This shows that Google itself has become a major player on all platforms.

As mentioned above, Fuchsia will complete many functions of Microsoft and Apple in the continuity of Windows 10 and iOS-to-macOS Sierra, but using Google's approach. Through Google Assistant and "Entity", users can easily access Google's unparalleled search and data tracking functions, which will have a better experience than Microsoft and Apple.

But does Fuchsia mean the end of Android and Chrome OS? It may be nominally, but I believe that some of their principles will definitely continue to exist, after all, they all have a lot of solid foundations. For example, like the Material Design design language we saw in the early version of the Fuchsia system.

The final result may be seen in the preview version later this year and the devices available for purchase in 2019. With Fuchsia, Google can bring new updates and features of all versions to the market at once, simplifying technical support services and user understanding.

Therefore, if Fuchsia really comes out, Google will become the enemy of Microsoft and Apple. But who knows, after all, for users, one more choice is not necessarily a bad thing.