Currently, Android dominates the world market for mobile operating systems. Most developers build mobile apps for the Android platform to reach more users and generate more revenue. 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 any information about Fuchsia. He kept updating the new OS as a stack of code on both Github and his own code repository.
Google executives describe Fuchsia as one of the early stage experimental projects. But many bloggers and market analysts believe that Google plans to replace Android with Fuchsia. Recently, Google has fueled speculation by adding a user interface (UI) to its new operating system. So, Fuchsia can now be accessed as a graphical user interface (GUI). Android app developers need to know Fuchsia to keep their mobile apps profitable and relevant for the long term. Also, they can start developing apps for Fuchsia soon to complete completion.
Why do Android app developers need to keep tracking fuchsia?
The Google kernel
Unlike Android, Fuchsia is not developed on the basis of the Linux operating system. Google developed the new operating system using its own kernel called Magenta. The code published on various repositories describes that Fuchsia is developed as an operating system for smartphones and tablets. Manage apps via a card-based system. And for this; many analysts and bloggers speculate that Google is developing Fuchsia to replace 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 on the basis of Google’s Flutter SDK. It allows programmers to write cross-platform code versus running multiple mobile platforms including Android, iOS, and Fuchsia. The compiled version of Armadillo reveals a card-based system for managing apps. The interface allows developers to drag cards onto screens and apply new Google styles.
Combination of Android and ChromeOS
Fuchsia comes with features provided by Android and ChromeOS. Many analysts believe that Google plans to launch Fuchsia as a replacement for both Android and ChromeOS. However, the source code of Fuchsia differs from the source code of other Google platforms due to the Magenta kernel. Google may use Fuchsias as an operating system for smartphones, tablets, computers, embedded devices and digital systems. Hence, Fuchsia can run Android and ChromeOS powered devices.
As mentioned above, Fuchsia could be launched as a universal operating system and power a variety of devices. The Android app developers can write apps for the Fuchsia platform using the Flutter Software Development Kit (SDK). Flutter SDK is used by both the UI and Fuchsia apps. Flutter SDK renders apps based on the Dart programming language. Dart dramatically boosts the performance of apps by running them at 120 frames per second. However, the Flutter SDK generates cross-platform code that is fully compatible with Android. Compatibility has allowed many developers to install some components of Fuchsia on Android devices.
Shortcomings of Android
At the moment, Android has a much larger worldwide market share than other mobile platforms. But the market share of the individual Android versions is different. The latest version of Android has a lower penetration rate than previous versions. Likewise, each version of Android supports a variety of devices manufactured by different companies. Fragmentation of the device and operating system 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 having publicly developed its new operating system, Google has yet to confirm any information on Fuchsia. Many bloggers speculate that Google could launch the new operating system by 2018. But Google hasn’t revealed its plan to officially launch Fuchsia. The company describes Fuchsia as an experimental project at an early stage. Hence, Android app developers should only use Fuchsia after commercial release. But they must monitor Fuchsia consistently to manage disruptive technology efficiently.