Nearly two weeks ago, we told you about a new open source operating system that Google has been quietly working on. Called Fuchsia, the OS now has a proper user interface for smartphones and tablets. Unlike Android, which uses a kernel based on Linux, Fuchsia employs a kernel called Magenta. While some were thinking that Fuchsia was being groomed to replace Android down the road, we actually have something that resembles an explanation from Dave Burke, Google’s VP of engineering for Android.
According to Burke, Fuchsia is an early stage project that will “pivot and morph” The executive adds that it is independent of Android and called it an “early stage experimental project.” So if you were concerned that Google was starting on a successor to Android, you have nothing to worry about for now.
“How do you spell Fuchsia? Fuchsia is a[n] early stage experimental project. We, you know, we actually have lots of cool early projects at Google. I think what’s interesting here is its open source, so people can see it and comment on it. Like lots of early stage projects it’s gonna probably pivot and morph. There’s some really smart people on it, people we’ve worked with who are great. and so [it’s] kind of exciting to see what happens. But it’s definitely a diff– sort of independent project to android. and yeah, that’s basically it.”-Dave Burke,VP of engineering for Android, Google
That’s not to say that some time in the distant future, one of the pivots and morphs to Fuchsia takes the OS toward a showdown against Android. But for now, Android fans have no reason at all to fear what is basically an experiment.