A report released today revealed new inner workings of one of Google’s not-so-public projects: Fuchsia. This software development project is available for public viewing in SOME sense, and has been for some time, but the way Google’s using it remains largely a mystery. Today we’re to understand that Fuchsia’s reaching a crossroads, and that Google will soon need to decide whether to hang on and bust through, or drop the project altogether.
Back in May of 2017, we had our first look at Google Fuchsia, aka what we suggested might be “beyond Android.” It was very simple back then – and for the lay person, it might still seem pretty simple today. But a lot’s gone on since then, and there does not seem to be any end in sight – at least, not on the quitting side of things. This project might one day straight up replace Android.
You can see a demo of Fuchsia over at Github. That’s not necessarily 100% updated with the latest code, but it is a demo nonetheless. Tap around on it, drag and click, and see how it looks and feels.
An article on Bloomberg by Mark Bergen and Mark Gurman suggested Google’s at a point where they’ve participated in some “fierce internal debate” over Fuchsia and “how the software will work.” They also said that Google is, indeed, hoping they’ll “eventually replace Android.”
Insiders with information on the subject who wish to remain anonymous suggested that Fuchsia could potentially be used to “run all of Google’s in-house gadgets.” That’d include replacing both Android and Chrome OS and running smart speakers and smartphones, too. That’d mean smart home devices of all sorts, and computers too – like the notebook computers Google currently rolls with on Chrome OS.
There’s apparently no officially signed roadmap for when Fuchsia should be ready, apparently. But there is a soft suggestion for when Fuchsia should sort-of be ready to roll – within “the next half decade.”
This software would allow Google to move further toward Artificial Intelligence technology as the product and the service of the future. It’ll have tighter security than any previously released operating system – ideally – and will work on ALL the devices – yes, even that one.
According to that same report, “Google’s ads business relies on an ability to target users based on their location and activity, and Fuchsia’s nascent privacy features would, if implemented, hamstring this important business.” That’s what I like to hear. Not that Google would ever do anything to harm its ability to serve intensely personal advertisements, but still – it’s fun to dream.