Fuchsia operating system: why you need it, how it differs from Android

Google has a lot of secret or non-public projects, information about which the company, if it tries not to keep secret, at least does not rush to disclose it. The leading place among such projects, perhaps, rightfully belongs to the Fuchsia operating system, which Google began to develop several years ago, but never released. It was predicted to be the replacement for Android and a competitor to the upcoming Harmony OS from Huawei, but neither of these predictions has so far come true. Let's figure out where Fuchsia is now, at what stage of development it is and when it will finally be released to the public.

Fuchsia OS is the most unusual operating system known today

Fuchsia is a core operating system called Zircon, which is believed to have been in development since 2015-2016. Unlike Android, which is based on the Linux kernel, Fuchsia is completely unique. It provides wide scalability of the operating system, which, in fact, means compatibility with a variety of devices – from smart home gadgets and the Internet of things to smartphones, tablets, and personal computers. To date, there is not a single device that works on Fuchsia.

Differences between Fuchsia OS and Android

Fuchsia OS can be compatible with more devices

However, this did not prevent Google from making Fuchsia a very promising OS, characterized by a high level of performance, general lightness, and undemanding resources, with which Android clearly loses. According to the developers who tested Fuchsia, it is very fast at rendering applications written in the Dart programming language that can run at up to 120 frames per second. This is a very serious indicator that many programs and games for Android still cannot achieve. 

It would seem that there is a logic in the development and possible launch of Fuchsia. A universal platform that can support a wide range of devices is a good investment for the future. When Android, Chrome OS, and Wear OS become outdated, Google will be able to transfer all compatible devices to Fuchsia OS and develop them based on it. This will greatly facilitate the task of developing, improving, and supporting the platform, which will be able to receive fresh updates on all devices that are compatible with each other. But, as it turned out, Google had a different view of the situation.

When will Fuchsia OS be released

"Fuchsia gives us an opportunity to take a fresh look at what an operating system can and should be. I know that many people get excited when they hear about it. "This is a replacement for Android" or "This is the new Chrome OS" That's what users say. But this is not the case. In fact, Fuchsia is an opportunity for us to study the operating system, and then apply this knowledge when working with our other products," explained Hiroshi Lockheimer, Google's Vice President of Android and Chrome OS development.

Fuchsia OS is just a test platform

So it turns out that Fuchsia is a technical operating system that Google is not going to release to people, and its versatility is necessary for the company to test new features before direct implementation. Based on Fuchsia, you can test innovations for Wear OS, Chrome OS, Android, Android Auto, and Android TV, and then safely port them to commercial platforms. This greatly saves time and resources, allowing you to conduct all the preparatory work in one place.

It is difficult to say unequivocally at what stage of development is the operating system, which is not going to be released at all. Most likely, this is the stage that is optimal for Google and so that Fuchsia can work as a testing ground for all the upcoming innovations, which it actually is. But to the question "when will Fuchsia OS be released?" there can only be one answer now - never. At least, until Google changes its mind and wants to change something dramatically. But will it?

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