More details on Google's Android OS replacement revealed


While Google has been (not so) secretly working on a project internally codenamed Fuchsia for at least a couple of years, its development appears to have ramped up recently, with a large team of over 100 engineers rumored to be prepping some sort of an Android replacement. This combines with the work that Google is doing in making sure that Android apps' user interfaces adapt automagically to multiple form factors, from smartphones to foldable devices to tablets to laptops.

So it looks as if Fuchsia OS is being created to use a unique version of the Android Runtime (ART) so that the platform could support Android applications.

A new file on the Android Open Source Project's website mentions that "These targets are used to build ART for Fuchsia".

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Google won't abandon support for its old apps when it moves to a new OS, a report says. These two new additions are big news for those following the operating system, but the news doesn't stop there. You won't have spunked a fortune away on Android apps if, as is rumoured, the forthcoming Fuchsia operating system replaces Android. Now, unlike Chrome OS and Android, both of which are based on Linux kernels, Fuchsia OS is based on a new microkernel called "Zircon".

According to Andrii Kulian - engineer at Google's Android Frameworks - Android apps will be able to work across three categories of devices: phones (including foldable ones), desktop PCs (in free-form windowing mode), and embedded systems (like cars). Google will, hopefully, share more info regarding the progress during its Google I/O 2019 later this year.

Google's Fuchsia OS has been long rumoured and not a secret anymore. This likely means that users will be able to install this version of Android Runtime on any device that's powered by Fuschia.