Google is hosting its annual developer conference right now where the company has announced some interesting features to the existing services along with the new hardware. Apart from that Google has finally spoken up about their mysterious OS called Fuchsia.
We have covered Fuchsia in the past but for the first time Google has openly talked about the idea of merging Android, ChromeOS and it’s smart devices OS into a unified experience. In an interview with The Verge, Google’s Hiroshi Lockheimer opened up about Fuchsia.
We’re looking at what a new take on an operating system could be like. And so I know out there people are getting pretty excited saying, ‘Oh this is the new Android,’ or, ‘This is the new Chrome OS,’” Fuchsia is really not about that. Fuchsia is about just pushing the state of the art in terms of operating systems and things that we learn from Fuchsia we can incorporate into other products.
You know Android works really well on phones, and you know in the context of Chrome OS as a runtime for apps there. But Fuchsia may be optimized for certain other form factors as well. So we’re experimenting. Think about dedicated devices… right now, everybody assumes Fuchsia is for phones. But what if it could be used for other things?
Not only that, but developers also asked Google execs about Fuchsia during the Fireside Chat (via 9to5Google), to which Dave Burke, Google’s vice president of engineering for Android said:
There’s some good collaboration happening between the teams. To give you two examples is one is we have this ANGLE driver on Q and the idea is that we have a module—it’s a mainline module—and it implements OpenGL ES 2.0, just finishing that off, and soon 3.0 and it runs on top of Vulkan, and we actually developed that with Fuchsia because Fuchsia uses Vulkan at the base level for graphics, like Android is migrating to. So we worked closely there.
Also on Jetpack Compose, which is our new UI toolkit, we worked very closely with the Flutter team. One of the things that we care about is having–I care about, in particular, is having transferable skills. So if you know Flutter the toolkit on Android should look familiar too so you can move between them, and that’s something we’ve done a collaboration on.
Our viewpoint with Fuchsia is more about the things we’re doing with them, but I cannot really speak to exactly their projects as I’ll get them all wrong.
Even though Google has finally started revealing secrets about the Fuchsia project, it will be a long road for the company. We can expect to see devices with Fuchsia in a couple of years.