Google’s potential replacement for Android, Fuchsia OS, booted on a Huawei device

Google’s potential replacement for Android, Fuchsia OS, booted on a Huawei device
By now, Android has become a household name almost as popular as Coca-Cola. Google’s operating system is running on billions of devices and holds the lion’s share of the smartphone market. The wide adoption of Android comes with its own drawbacks, one of which is the version fragmentation among the hundreds of different smartphones that are using the operating system.

Hoping to fix this and other imperfections of Android, Google is developing another open-source operating system, called Fuchsia. If this is the first time you’re hearing about it, you’re probably not alone, its development isn’t exactly marketed by Google. However, now there’s a reason perk up our ears, as 9to5Google points out.

A recent entry on Fuchsia Gerrit, the source code management site for the OS, states that a new patch has added support for Kirin970, HiSilicon’s top-tier system-on-a-chip, released last year. To test the newly added support, the core code of Fuchsia was booted on Honor Play, a recently released phone with the Kirin970 chip. Honor is a sub-brand of Huawei, which used the Kirin970 in a number of high-end phones, including the Mate 10 and P20 models. This is intriguing, considering that Google’s Pixel phones have been using Qualcomm's Snapdragon mobile platform. The last time Google and Huawei worked together was for the Nexus 6P. Is this a sign that the two giants are going to unite powers again? Maybe. Or maybe Huawei’s engineers just want a head start when the OS is deemed ready for release and are lending a helping hand in its development. If that's the case, the noble gesture only raises more questions.

Either way, this marks a big step in the development of Fuchsia and shows that it might be closer to reality than initially thought. Google’s plans for the new operating system are to one day have it running on all devices made by the company, replacing not only Android, but Chrome OS as well. Of course, if other manufacturers want to make use of it, they’ll likely be able to, under certain conditions.

While this news is exciting for us phone geeks, the average user is at least a few years away from having to deal with Fuchsia in any shape or form, and that’s assuming Google chooses it as Android’s successor. Hopefully, one day we’ll see new versions being deployed to our non-Apple smartphones in a matter of days rather than months.

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12 Comments

1. KingSam

Posts: 1480; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

It could be testing on generic arm cores with for Mali GPU. Either Kirin or exynos. Huawei took the offer maybe.

2. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Please have a name with a ring to it....

9. aman5mathur

Posts: 241; Member since: Mar 28, 2014

Like a condom? Lol. (just for laughs, no intentions to offend anyone)

3. bucknassty

Posts: 1353; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

only apple users care about being on the latest version of their software... as long as security updates are coming stock android is boring as s**t bottom line, damn near iOS. if i wanted to be that bored with my device i'd get an iphone

5. bucky

Posts: 3791; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Denial

6. Georgio

Posts: 259; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

I think you need a toy ; not a phone.

7. cmdacos

Posts: 4267; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

iPhone is the same thing

13. PHYCLOPSH

Posts: 652; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

A really really big toy, for the other end - and not the one that's speaking...

4. cncrim

Posts: 1588; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Anything could happen, but i will be negative about it and more likely it will fail and fall flat on the face. The only i see this can happen 1) Google have kill Android literally 2) developers waste time and resource converting to new OS when not much incentive there. (Want to learn that lesson as Microsoft.) 3) once a person already spend a lot of money on particular OS, what is incentive make them swtch?

8. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1440; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

I don't think Google will kill Android, but I do think Android will let go, out of their hands. Google will likely pursue Fuchsia as its main OS for all Google devices, because it eliminates a lot of problems that Android has today and unfortunately can't really be fixed because they're at the very foundation of the OS. Fuchsia is supposed to work with various programming languages includig Swift, which would make it significantly easier to develop apps cross-platform, as there would be little need to completely redo the app for Fuchsia, if an iOS version already exists. It'll primarily need optimization for Fuchsia supporting hardware and not much else. The OS should also do away with Android's rather heavy resource use, compared to say iOS or even Windows Phone. On the same hardware Fuchsia should be faster than Android. On the security side its also being made in such a way that security updates can be pushed easily, OS updates can be light and modular and much more. Fuchsia is meant to be light, versatile, modular, secure and user-friendly. The ultimate incentive for users to switch would be that not much has to change in how you use your Fuchsia device compared to your Android device. All your Android apps should run on Fuchsia. It looks and sounds promising and if anything, Google will likely keep it to themselves at first, limiting it to Pixel devices and other OEMs that want to use it, will be required to follow Google's guidelines.

11. Nimbus

Posts: 442; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

Msft need to same thing if google is going ro develop a new fuchsia os for it's devices.Msft can bring back windows to smartphones market.

12. Nimbus

Posts: 442; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

Msft can make a comeback even if google own handmade craft os is coming.

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