Is Google planning to kill Chrome OS and Android in 2018?

While Google is prepping a new operating system outside the duo of Chrome OS and Android (both running on the Linux kernel), named Fuchsia, but it's not clear if the tech giant had any intention of replacing them anytime soon.

Google announced Fuchsia in August 2016, which is a digression from its tradition of running OSes on Linus and perhaps to serve as an operating system for embedded hardware, especially in the case of embedded devices like car dashboards or GPS units, as the Linux kernel can impact performance and may cause some problems.

Albeit, the rumor that Google has been preparing a new unified operating system to replace Chrome OS (for Chromebooks) and Android (for smartphones), is pretty back dated already.

Fuchsia is based on a kernel called Zircon (formerly known as “Magenta”), which was originally to serve as an OS for embedded systems due to its “real-time” processes. Though it could theoretically run on any kind of device, such as IoT devices, ATMs, Wearables, even smartphones, tablets and desktops, including all devices powered by ARM and Intel processors.

The new OS which is still in its early developmental stage has garnered support for Apple’s Swift programming language, adding to several other languages already supported.

Google had employed the same SDK (Flutter) used in building Chrome OS and Android apps for Fuchsia, which also offers the same graphics engine which is specifically optimized for Google’s own Material Design.

The company has been open on its resolve to bring Chrome OS and Android to work better together, as evident in its earlier announcement on Android apps support on Chrome OS devices. Also, the rather silent initiative, Andromeda, which Google launched with the intent of getting Chrome OS apps to run on Android, and Android to power some Chromebook-like devices.

The Andromeda project, however was canceled last summer, and the capability, called App Runtime for Chrome, has been in beta ever since.

Rumors around Google replacing Android operating system and Chrome OS hasn't been baseless, as the rumor-peddlers assume that the fabulous-Fuchsia OS would eliminate all the problems associated with Chrome OS or Android.

And according to their presumption, Google's timeline for the implementation of this Fuchsia future is pretty short, most possibly in 2018 or sooner thereafter.

The reality remains that Fuchsia launching will not intermittently end Chrome OS or Android, given that it will take many years to create a successful operating system that’s ready for the public. And who has ever terminated its own success story - Android being the world’s biggest operating system with over 2 billion users worldwide.
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John Onwuegbu
12/31/2017 delete

Rumors of Google applying kill switch on Android dated back to 2015, with WSJ report claiming the Android/Chrome OS merger would happen in 2016, and that Google is set to launch new devices running the combined OSes in 2017. But we are now in 2018, still nothing.