3 Ways Google Fuchsia will Show the Way Forward for Android
By Aditi Bhat
This month Google held its tenth Google I/O conference, one of the biggest and most anticipated developer’s conferences around the world. Many techies eagerly waited for some stunning Android releases to be announced from Google and they were not disappointed. Google launched the developer’s preview for Android P, the upcoming version of the OS. More surprises came in the form of Android Things, an OS designed to take Internet of Things to the next level. Google also unveiled gesture navigation for its Pixel phones.
Stepping into the future of Android
A major change is already anticipated in Android with Google’s new OS Fuchsia. It is expected to unify all devices, bridge the ever existing gap between iOS and Android apps, and offer more security to users. Google Fuchsia could replace Android and unite all devices in the time to come.
That being said, Android app developers all over have a lot of inspiration to look forward to. So, without further ado, let’s take a closer look at how Google Fuchsia will define the future of Android phones.
It will unite all devices
Fuchsia started as a project on GitHub in 2016. Today, it has evolved and taken a form that is expected to fix the compatibility issues between Android and Chrome OS turning them into a single operating system. However, the company hasn’t made any official comments about it yet.
Fuchsia is targeted at modern phones and computers with fast processing capabilities. As Fuchsia is better compatible with devices that operate without needing a full OS, it is seen as the best choice for bringing forth the next IoT revolution. However, Google is also pushing Android Things at the same time.
Porting iOS apps to Fuchsia-powered devices may get easier
This could be the most exciting news for Android users and Android app creators. You may be able to port iOS apps to your Fuchsia-powered devices without any hassles. Fuchsia is poised to end this age-old divide between iOS and Android. As Fuchsia is written in C and C++ languages, it is capable of handling many new languages like Python, Go and Swift. This is an exciting news for developers too as they can create and launch apps for both the platforms at the same time.
Apps may not be rendered incompatible after OS updates
One of the most pressing situations for professionals involved in Android app development has been tackling the app incompatibility issues that arise from OS updates. This has drawn a major chunk of developers to favour developing apps and games in iOS.
However, things will change with Fuchsia as it is designed with another layer of security to nullify any scenario in which an app is rendered incompatible after an OS update. This will be achieved in design as Fuchsia uses Zircon Kernel that is more consistent and stable in handling upgrades.
Where do we go from here?
It is speculated that Fuchsia’s real role is still uncertain and it may just be Google’s answer to the unified platform launched by Apple and Microsoft. It can also be Google’s attempt to change the game and dominate the smartphone market by unifying Android and Chrome OS and offering a single solution to its users. Whatever be the case, only future will reveal what Google has in store.
All in all, it’s a good time for Android app developers to take up online training programs and keep up to date with the latest coding languages and upcoming technologies.