Today, Android dominates the global market for mobile operating systems. Most of the developers create mobile applications for the Android platform to reach more users and generate more revenue. But Google is reportedly developing a real-time operating system called Fuchsia. Google has yet to officially announce Fuchsia. The search engine giant doesn’t even have information on Fuchsia. The new operating system has been being updated as a code stack both on Github and in its own code repository.
Google executives describe Fuchsia as one of the early-stage pilot projects. But many bloggers and market analysts believe that Google plans to replace Android with Fuchsia. Google recently fueled speculation by adding a user interface (UI) to its new operating system. Therefore, Fuchsia can now be accessed as a graphical user interface (GUI). Android application developers must learn about Fuchsia to keep their mobile applications profitable and relevant in the long term. Also, they can start developing applications for Fuchsia early to get past completion.
Why should Android app developers keep monitoring Fuchsia?
Google’s own kernel
Unlike Android, Fuchsia is not developed based on the Linux operating system. Google has developed the new operating system using its own kernel called Magenta. The code published in various repositories shows that Fuchsia is developed as an operating system for smartphones and tablets. Manage applications through a card-based system. That is why; Many analysts and bloggers speculate that Google is developing Fuchsia as a replacement for Android.
Fuchsia was initially developed as a command line interface. Google recently updated Fuchsia by adding a user interface (UI) called Armadillo. According to information and videos posted on various websites, Armadillo is developed based on Google’s Flutter SDK. It enables programmers to write cross-platform code that runs on multiple mobile platforms, including Android, iOS, and Fuchsia. The compiled version of Armadillo reveals a card-based system for managing applications. The interface allows developers to drag cards across screens and apply new Google styles.
Android and ChromeOS combination
Fuchsia comes with features provided by both Android and ChromeOS. Many analysts believe that Google plans to release Fuchsia as a replacement for Android and ChromeOS. However, the Fuchsia source code differs from the source code of other Google platforms due to the Magenta kernel. Google could use Fuchsias as an operating system for smartphones, tablets, computers, embedded devices, and digital systems. Therefore, Fuchsia can run the Android and ChromeOS devices.
As mentioned above, Fuchsia could launch as a universal operating system and power a variety of devices. Android application developers can write applications for the Fuchsia platform by leveraging the Flutter software development kit (SDK). Flutter SDK is being used by both the user interface and Fuchsia applications. Flutter SDK renders applications based on the Dart programming language. Dart dramatically increases the performance of applications by making them run at 120 frames per second. However, the Flutter SDK generates cross-platform code that is fully compatible with Android. The compatibility allowed many developers to install certain Fuchsia components on Android devices.
Today, Android has a much larger global market share than other mobile platforms. But the market share of the individual versions of Android is different. The latest version of Android has a lower penetration rate than its previous versions. Also, each version of Android powers a variety of devices made by different companies. Device and operating system fragmentation makes it difficult for developers to build a robust Android app. Many bloggers speculate that Google could replace Android with Fuchsia to overcome device and operating system fragmentation.
Despite publicly developing its new operating system, Google has yet to confirm any information about Fuchsia. Many bloggers speculate that Google could launch the new operating system in 2018. But Google has not revealed its plan to officially launch Fuchsia. The company describes Fuchsia as an early-stage pilot project. Therefore, Android application developers should use Fuchsia only after commercial launch. But they must constantly monitor Fuchsia to handle disruptive technology efficiently.