We started talking about Fuchsia in 2017 on Xataka. This unique proposal from Google was unique to say goodbye to the Linux kernel used in Android, and everything pointed to the fact that the project could be a plan B for this giant to replace Android. Chrome OS… or combine. Six years later, everything remains more or less the same, but the future for this project becomes complicated.
layoffs. The company’s announcement of laying off 12,000 employees affected many divisions, but Fuchsia’s was one of the most. According to The New York Times, the global share is 6%, but in the Fuchsia development group, which employs 400 people, this rate was 16%.
mysterious fuchsia. At Google, they have always maintained unparalleled secrecy regarding the project. They mentioned it very little, despite the fact that Open Source code is available and there is a remarkable activity where bugs are detected and fixed on the page. The Mountain View company never finished reporting what it was chasing with this project, but its practical application has been a reality for some time.
Nest devices as guinea pigs. In 2018, Google published a guide for installing Fuchsia on Pixelbooks and mentioned the Zircon microcore, but they didn’t really use it until 2021. Nest Hubs were the first to be driven by this operating system, putting aside the old CastOS that was an option until then.
What are you doing Fuchsia? It looks like Fuchsia may reach more devices, especially after discovering how the Starnix component allows it to offer support for Android and Linux apps. Things are not so clear right now, and layoffs have affected a division that, after years of work, has a product that is practically unused in any medium.
Google and the cemetery. The strange thing is that Google usually doesn’t shiver when it comes to killing projects it doesn’t think are profitable or have a future. We’ve seen this very recently with Stadia, but for some reason Fuchsia continues, although it’s not a clear practical application.
there is no clear route. Little that Google says does not help to understand what the status and meaning of Fuchsia is. In 2022, Chris McKillop, the project’s chief engineer, resigned and commented in an interview, “I think there’s a small chance that everything Fuchsia does will end up in the Linux kernel.”
(almost) nothing among end users. Later that year, a team member told Hacker News that Fuchsia “is not necessarily aimed at end users or app developers. Fuchsia exists to facilitate the creation and maintenance of products.” That sentence doesn’t make everything clear, but it certainly doesn’t seem to suggest that Fuchsia will be a future replacement for Android or Chrome OS, at least right now.