Google’s Fuchsia OS may be more important than we initially thought. A tipster claims that Samsung could switch to Fuchsia OS from Android sometime in the future. This makes some sense based on reports that Samsung has contributed towards the development of Fuchsia.
According to tweets by Dohyun Kim (via PhoneArena), Samsung is preparing to bid goodbye to Android while welcoming Fuchsia into the fold. However, Kim says the change will take a “few years” to take effect, so it will not be overnight.
Fuchsia is Google’s pet project to develop and test new software features. Although the company is clear that Fuchsia won’t replace Android, there’s every chance of third-party manufacturers like Samsung adopting the new OS. The tipster didn’t reveal if Samsung will mesh One UI with Fuchsia.
Fuchsia OS made its debut on the Google Nest Hub earlier this year
Google has been building Fuchsia OS from the ground up since 2016 while utilizing a new microkernel called Zircon. By comparison, Android utilizes the Linux kernel. So there are some core differences between the two operating systems. Fuchsia made its way to the 1st gen Nest Hub earlier this year.
The current plan is to use it on IoT products, wearables, computers, etc. So it’s not far-fetched to assume that it would eventually make its way to tablets and smartphones as well. All of this depends on the eagerness of Google to switch to Fuchsia in the future.
Google posted new job listings in October, suggesting an expansion of the new OS to “additional smart devices and other form factors.”
The job listing went on to say that the new team would be “responsible for making sure we can successfully apply the Fuchsia platform to real-world products that make a difference to Google and our users.”
Since Fuchsia OS already exists on a smart display (Nest Hub), the next step could be to bring it to Google’s smart speakers. As for Samsung’s involvement with Fuchsia, we learned in May that the company is contributing towards the OS.
For now, Samsung is focused on developing One UI for its smartphones and tablets. Speaking of which, the rollout of One UI 4 has been far from smooth so far. After halting and restarting the update, the company has stopped the rollout again, citing issues with the Google Play Store.