Lots of info floated around last week at Google’s I/O developer conference, and this little tidbit may go unseen by many. In a fireside chat, Dave Burke, Vice-President Engineering for Android, shared a few discrete details about Google’s mysterious Fuchsia OS, clarifying things a little bit.
First, let’s talk quickly about what Fuchsia OS is. A new open-source OS from Google with its own repository and a UI that leaked out last week. You can read a very thorough peice by Ron Amadeo at Ars Technica all about it. This thing is early, for sure, and quite mysterious when you begin trying to figure out what exactly it is going to do when it shows up.
Sure, it is tempting to think this is just a side project, but that isn’t the case. Fuchsia developer Travis Geiselbrecht revealed in a chat:
[Fuchsia OS] isn’t a toy thing, it’s not a 20% project, it’s not a dumping ground of a dead thing that we don’t care about anymore.
Seems clear enough. Additionally, if you check out the repositories for Fuchsia OS, you’ll see some pretty seasoned guys in the development channels. This OS is legit and for real. But that doesn’t tell us what it is for.
What Fuchsia Is Not
What we can gather from the fireside chat is a bit about what Fuchsia won’t be.
First, it is not a replacement for Android. There are some rumors swirling that Fuchsia OS will be the end of Android, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. And, honestly, that wouldn’t make a ton of sense. We have no idea what Google will do with this OS or how it will be leveraged, but for them to ditch the most popular OS in the world doesn’t seem likely.
It is also being worked on by “really smart people.” As we’ve seen, there are lots of folks working on Fuchsia that have tons of experience on all things Google. This may be early-days, but it seems important.
Lastly, the Fuchsia OS project will develop in an interesting way because it is open source. This means, like Chrome OS, people can freely see the work that is happening if you look close enough.
You can check out the whole Fireside Chat below.
There’s no doubt we’ll be digging constantly to keep Fuchsia OS in front of us and we’ll let you know everything we find as this whole project develops.