Google’s new OS has been a work in progress for two years now. Here’s what we known about the elusive Fuchsia
Google – that famed hotbed of innovation – was never going to let Android, its incumbent operating system, die an outdated and obsolete death. Rather, the firm has been working on a new operating system (OS) dubbed Project Fuchsia for two years now, a report in Bloomberg reveals.
With more than 100 of the search engine giant’s best engineers on the job, Project Fuchsia looks set to usurp Android as the world’s most dominant OS – the latter is currently used by three-quarters of the globe.
Here’s everything you need to know about the elusive new Google OS, Project Fuchsia.
Project Fuchsia: What is it?
As we say, Project Fuchsia is the new, work-in-progress OS from Google, which aims to overcome the limitations encountered by Android users. For starters, it has honed its aesthetics, with sources suggesting that the OS will look the same across laptops, smartphones and other devices.
But this is no mere cosmetic update, Fuchsia is being touted as a unifying OS, with the capacity to run all of Google’s in-house gadgets (think: Google Home, Chromebooks, smartwatches and Pixel smartphones). So start gearing up for across the board functionality.
Project Fuchsia: Why now?
There’s been some discontent surrounding Android, particularly with the volume of personal devices and other gadgets going online, the incumbent Google OS seems to be displaying some limitations.
As we know, technology waits for no man; Google was never going to sit around and let Android wither into obscurity. Rather, the company is breathing new – revolutionary – life into the world of operating systems.
However, insiders are suggesting some other reasoning behind the OS overhaul: a “senior-engineer retention project”. Basically, Google is scared that its most talented and senior engineers might up and leave unless they’re given a job that’s sufficiently exciting to keep them interested. And we imagine being tasked with creating the OS that will supersede the one currently used by three-quarters of the globe might just fit the bill.
Project Fuchsia release date
As you can imagine, there have been rumours of internal debate regarding the minutiae of Project Fuchsia. However, it has been a work in progress since 2016, which hints at some pretty solid groundwork already.
The Bloomberg report suggests that we’ll see Fuchsia embedded on smart-home devices within three years, with laptops and other devices seeing the update soon after.
Why the wait? As is to be expected, Sundar Pichai and Hiroshi Lockheimer (the man at the helm of Android and Chrome) are treading carefully. The report suggests that they’re yet to set a definitive trajectory into motion regarding project Fuchsia, due to the business partnerships that Android has given rise to.
“The executives have to move gingerly on any plan to overhaul Android because the software supports dozens of hardware partners, thousands of developers – and billions of mobile-ad dollars,” the report details.
However, with more than 100 top-of-their-game engineers assigned to the mammoth task of developing Project Fuchsia – a feat that’s already two years down the line – we sense something revolutionary on its way.
We’ll be updating this page as and when more information regarding Project Fuchsia comes to light, so be sure to check back in for everything you need to know about Google’s new OS.