Google is working on the Fuchsia operating system. One day, it may want to replace Android on smartphones. Now it appears that Fuchsia will be able to run existing Android software if it ever does.

This is shown by a recent update to the Android Open Source Project, where much of Fuchsia’s source code can be found. The site 9to5Google reports this on the basis of the source code. The update shows that Fuchsia will run Android apps using a special version of Android Runtime (ART). This version of ART can be placed on any Fuchsia device that uses a .far file.

Android connection

The fact that Fuchsia can run Android software was already a big part of it. Otherwise, it will be difficult to persuade the many millions of Android users to switch to the new operating system. The intention is to make Fuchsia the basis of sunshine every electronic device that comes in the future.

In 2016, we first heard that Google was working on Fuchsia OS. It turned out that more than a hundred employees had been put on the project at that time. Google wants Fuchsia to be able to run any type of device, from sensors to IoT devices and computers. This makes it a comprehensive system.

Fuchsia in the making

Why exactly Google is developing Fuchsia is not certain. In any case, the system works differently from Android and is not, as Android is, based on the Linux kernel. Fuchsia works with a new type of kernel, the Zircon, which was developed by Google for modern phones and modern PCs.

The theory is that Google is mainly developing Fuchsia to solve the inherent problems of Android. This system was once developed as an operating system for cameras, not for smartphones. Google reportedly wants to have Fuchsia ready as a definitive replacement for Android within five years. The intention is for the system to run on smart home devices within three years and on computers and smartphones within five years.

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