It's easy to speculate on anything if you're given a few clues, but it's a bit weird to speculate on something that's right out there in the open, waiting to have its source code read. That's the case with Google's Fuchsia OS, which has just hit the Android Runtime branch, suggesting what the world's been assuming for a while: Fuchsia is very ikely to support Android apps.
This is a simple move, but one that really solidifies some long-standing rumor. It's becoming clearer than ever that Fuchsia is almost certainly going to replace Android and Chrome OS in their entirely, and in many ways, it something that needs to happen.
Even today, the most popular Android OS version isn't ever the newest one; generally, it's a couple of generations behind. That's helped create some seriously unfortunate fragmentation, but with Fuchsia, an OS built from the ground-up with a core to support every possible device, the future is looking pretty bright on the Google side of the mobile software ecosystem.
Fuchsia OS just showed up in AOSP, but most importantly, in the ART (Android Runtime) branch. Looks like they're building Fuchsia with ART...which would suggest native Android app support.https://t.co/2BzpvTxf9d pic.twitter.com/xZaktz1wcp— Mishaal Rahman (@MishaalRahman) April 26, 2018
When it debuted a couple of years ago, Fuchsia was barely a skeleton of anything. It quickly fleshed out though, and last year about this time, it gained a user interface. Today, Fuchsia's state is very functional. It's a test environment partly because it's an interface only, currently. As we wrote earlier this month, you can test-drive what's available right inside of your browser to give yourself an idea of what could be coming. Of course, its interface is really a small part of what Fuchsia is all about - it's what's under the hood that really matters.