Google's Fuchsia OS will seemingly support Android apps

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Google’s upcoming Fuchsia OS will support Android apps

We've been learning tidbits about Google's secret operating system, Fuchsia OS, for quite a while now, but there still hasn't been any official word from Google about what it will be used for. This new OS has been known as Project Fuchsia so far.

There's also mention of ART on Fuchsia supporting ARM64 and x86 architecture, which backs up rumors that the new OS will work on multiple devices such as PCs and tablets. Presumably, that means users will be able to install the platform's version of Android Runtime on any kind of device running Fuchsia.

Ever since the first reports detailing this mysterious operating system came out, we heard that Fuchsia would run Android apps out of the box.

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While Google has been (not so) secretly working on a project internally codenamed Fuchsia for at least a couple of years, its development appears to have ramped up recently, with a large team of over 100 engineers rumored to be prepping some sort of an Android replacement. "These targets are used to build ART for Fuchsia". The project is already in works for more than three years. What matters here is that the entire collection of Android apps available in Google Play will be compatible with any Fuchsia device. Now, unlike Chrome OS and Android, both of which are based on Linux kernels, Fuchsia OS is based on a new microkernel called "Zircon". That transition would be really hard for Google, though, and considering that the company is aiming to let Fuchsia run Android applications via ART, well, it is possible that it will launch as a separate entity, and stay in that form, though that would basically mean that Google has three operating system in the market, Android, Chrome OS, and Fuchsia, all of which are capable of running on a wide range of devices. Further, it means Fuchsia could potentially dodge one of the biggest obstacles for new operating systems - lack of app support.

That should help ease new users into Fuchsia.

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